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OVERTONE 

THE MONTIiLY PUBLICATION^ OF 
THE CURTIS INSTirJTE OF kUSIC 



PUBLISHED BY 
THE CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC 
RITTEiraOUSE SQUARE 
PHILiJ)ELPniA, PENNSYLVAI^IA 



FQREvvQRD 

Because of financial ctringency, occasioned by 
world-wide economic conditions, the publication of 
OVERTONES in the year 195?-1935 was discontinued. 
For record, and in order that the files might be 
unbroken, one issue for the year has been comx^iled, 
in type^vritten form, consisting of three official 
copies. 

This is Official Copy Number Three. 



VOL. IV-No. 1 May, 1955 



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Elsie Hutt, Editor 



The Siunmer of 1952 



On the twenty-second of June the University of 
Pennsylvejiia conferred upon the President of The 
Curtis Institute of Iv^sic the Honorary Degree of 
Doctor of Humane Letters, to the great. pride and 
gratification of her entire Curtis Institute "fam- 



ily" 



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A phase of the program of economy adopted by The 
Curtis Institute of Music for the year beginning 
June 195C, the policy of official summer study was 
temporarily discontinued. Nevertheless, certain 
activities of faculty and students are to be recor- 
ded. 

Having suffered ill health toward the end of the 
preceding year, Madame Luboshutz was faced with an 
accumulation of lessons to be made up. Choosing to 
do this during the vacation period, she accordingly 
taught her students, in relays, thruout the summer 
in Rockport, Maine, this being the only study autho- 
rized by the Institute during that tine. T.'ith her 
family, Madame Luboshutz delightfully combined recu- 
peration, vacation and Y:ork, and her students — 
Jean Spitzer, Eva and Ethel Stark, Celia Gomberg, 
and James Bloom — v/ith their accompanist, Eugene 
Kelmer, were afforded opportunity for recreation and 
study. 

Rockport is the location of the Director's siiramer 
cottage, which he occupied ?vith his family from June 
to October. Three of his present and former students 
— Martha Halbwachs, Y.illiara Harms and Jeanne Behrend, 
the latter a graduate — were attracted to their 
master's vicinity. During the entire summer these 



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young people enjoyed the use of studios v/hich have 
been made available to Curtis folk thru the energy 
and good offices of the President, 

Abrara Chasins was a visitor. 

In Camden, nearby, Mr. Carlos Salzedo and his 
wife, Lucile Lawrence, summered again, surrounded 
with the group of students that invariably follows 
these harpists' summer migrations, Edna Phillips 
and Alice Chalifoux, first harpists of the Phila- 
delphia and the Cleveland Orchestras respectively, 
and graduates of the Institute, also spent some 
weeks in Camden, near their former instructors. 

Dr. and Mrs, Bailly, and Mr, and Mrs. Salmond 
v/ere also in Maine and at no great diste.nce from the 
larger Rockport-Camden colony. The then Swastika 
Quartet, v.dth one change in personnel, spent the 
summer near Hancock Point in order to have the ben- 
efit of close proximity to Dr. Bailly vfhile prepar- 
ing for an arduous winter season. 

^ath such material at hand it was inevitable that 
there should be some concert activity. On the even- 
ing of July 26th occurred in the Camden Opera House 
a charitj^ concert sponsored by the Camden-Rockoort 
Lions Club and organized by Mr. ^alzedo, the program 
being contributed by Jeanne Behrend, pianist, Alice 
Chalifoux, harpist, Jean Spitzer, Eva Stark and James 
Bloom, violinists, and Eugene Helmer, accompanist, 

Madame Luboshutz continued her Sunday Evening 
r.lusicales, of which this year there were five. For 
these she enlisted the aid of her o\^ti students and 
drew besides on the pianists — Miss Behrend, Mr. 
Harms and Mr. Helmer, as well as Edith Evans Braun, 
former student under Mr. Hofmann, who with her hus- 
band T:as summering also in Rockport — and a harpist. 
Miss Chalifoux, — climaxing the series with an even- 
ing of Brahms. The program, consisting of the Sonata 
in G major for violin end piano, the Sonata in F major 
for violoncello and piano, and the Trio in C minor, 
opus 101, for violin, violoncello and piano, was 



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played by Madame Luboshutz herself, Mr. Salmond, and 
Madame Luboshutz' s son, Boris Goldovsky, pianist and 
Curtis student in conducting, — and Leopold GodoYr- 
sky, in Maine at the time, came to Rockport for the 
occasion. These Sunday Eveiiing i.iusicales are infor- 
mal end are given in the cottage vfhich for the past 
three suiiimers Madame Luboshutz has occupied. 

Farther to the north, the Svi-astika Quartet, v/hich 
by September v;on the privilege of calling itself the 
Curtis String Quartet, played six concerts, appearing 
in Hancock Point, Northeast Harbor, Sorrento, and 
Seal Harbor. The first violin of the Swastika 
Quartet, Gama Gilbert, having resigned at the end of 
the previous season, Jascha Brodslcy beginning in June 
took his place. Other members of the Quartet are 
Benjamin Sharlip, violin. Max Aronoff, viola, and 
Orlando Cole, 'cello. 

In California, Albert Mahler, tenor, sang to audi- 
ences attending the Olj^pic Games and gave a recital 
at the Los Angeles Breakfast Club; he appeared as 
soloist v,ith the Symphony Orchestra in the Arnheim 
Bov/l under Frank Black, and vrith Lily Matison, violin- 
±^t, performed at the Grauman Chinese Theatre in 
Hollywood. 

Several students obtained sunimer opera engage- 
ments: Marie Buddy, soprano, and Leonard Treash, bass- 
baritone, v.'ith the Cincinnati Zoo Opera Company, 
EdvTina Eustis, soprano, for performances in the 
Cleveland Stadiiun; and Irene Bearaer, mezzo-contralto, 
at Chautauqua. Others gave recitals: Ruth Carhart, 
contralto, at the Rogers Rock Club, Lake George; 
Yvonne Krinsky, pianist, tvdce in Belmar, New Jer- 
sey; and George Pepper, violinist, at the Onteora 
Club in the Adirondacks. 

Further summer activities take us abroad. Samu- 
el Barber and Gian-Carlo Menotti, students of com- 
position, after a walking tour thru* the Tyrol, set- 



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tied in Italy for independent study and \7ork. Syl- 
van Levin, visiting Cuba, played on September tv/enty- 
fifth the Ravel Concerto which in April he had per- 
formed with the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Ha- 
vana t^hilhannonic under Roldan. 

Mr. Gerinani made a brief tour in England, playing 
half-a-doaen concerts. He spent July and August 
at Siena, teaching at the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini. 
During the summer he completed two compositions — 
" Theme and Variations " and a Concerto, each for or- 
gan and orchestra. 

Mr. Reiner toid 'Jr. Kaufman participated as con- 
ductor and piano soloist in the Venetian Festival. 

Toward the end of the summer, I/ir. Zimbalist left 
for one of his concert tours of the Orient, ?/hich did 
not bring hin back to the States until late autumn. 

Nor was their lack of musical activity at home, in 
Philadelphia. It centered in Robin Hood Dell, Fair- 
raount Park, the seat of the summer concerts of the 
Philadelphia Orchestra. 

On June ninth, tenth and eleventh Three Festival 
Concerts conducted b^^ the distinguished Wagnerian 
conductor Ernst Knoch were given in the Dell, 
arranged "oj the Food Conservation Conimittee (of Phil- 
adelphia) to raise "funds necessary to establish 
and maintain added kitchens in v^ich to conserve and 
store foods for later distribution to the needj'-". 
Conrad Thibault, baritone, former student under Mr. 
de Gogorza, w-as chosen as one of the two soloists, 
the other being the famed Wagnerian singer, Madame 
Juliette Lippe. Other Curtis students participat- 
ing in the concerts were Henriette Horle, Paceli 

Diamond and Edwina Eustis, all vocalists Mr. 

Thibault sang the aria "Eri Tu", from Verdi's opera 
"Un Ballo in Maschera " and the familiar Toreador 
Song from " Carmen ". Concerning Mr. Thibault' s sing- 
ing Mr. Samuel Laciar, music critic of The Public 
Ledger , wrote: "It (the aria, "Eri Tu") was beauti- 
fully sung and Mr. Thibault received a great ova- 
tion at the close", and "His second number -5hhh«- was 
even more successful, although it is not so v/ell 



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adapted to Mr. Thibault's voice and vocal style as 
the former aria. Hov/ever, it was superbly sung 
and so enthusiastic v/as the applause that Mr. Thi- 
bault Y/as obliged to repeat it at once." .... The 
performance in which the three girl singers par- 
ticipated v;as entirely Wagnerian. They sang the 
trio of the Rheinmaidens in the final scene from 
" Das Rhe ingold " , the " Entr ance of the Gods into 
Valhalla", as Mr. Laciar said, "v;ith fine tone 

r4uality and perfect blending and balance" 

The audiences for these concerts numbered well 
over 3,000 people. 

On June tv/enty-first Leoncavallo's ever-popular 
"Pagrliacci " v;ss given in Robin Hood Dell, it being 
the first stage presentation of opera ever to be 
given in Fairmount Park. Given v^fith scenery and 
lighting effects, the perforraance was altogether a 
notable success. Conrad Thibault appeared as 'Sil- 
vio V a role v.'hich he has sung creditably in several 
performances of the opera by the Philadelphia Grand 
Opera Company. Edvrard Kane, student under Mr. de 
Gogorza, was " Beppo ". The performance which, with 
some solo snd group dances, was in benefit of the 
pension fund of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the 
suimvier concerts fund, drev; an audience estimated 
at 5,000. Sylvan Levin wielded the baton for both 
the opera and the dances. 

Rose Barapton, contralto, who recently had been 
engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Company of New 
York, was the first soloist of the regular summer 
season of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She appeared 
on June thirtieth and sang "Air de Lia " from Debussy's 
"Prodigal Son " and " Adieu Forets", from Tschaikow- 
sky' s " Jeanne d'Arc ". with piano accompaniments by 
Sylvan Levin, Mr. Laciar, v.Titing for The Public 
Ledger , remarked: "In voice quality and all other 
details of singing, but notably in her sympathetic 
and artistic interpretation. Miss Bampton gave a 
splendid performance". 

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Mr. Zimbalist, v/as the next soloist in this series. 
He plsr/ed, v/ith the Philadel-phia Orchestra conduc- 
ted "oy Alexander Smallens, on July fourth, Tschai- 
kowsky' 3 violin concerto. The Philsdel^ohia Rec ord 
gave an account of it: "The technical coirmiand, the 
accuracy, polish and thorough training displayed 
by this youth could put majiy of our established con- 
cert players to shaine. Maturity, emotional depth 
and an intuitive understanding are things one can- 
not learn at school, ilnd in these v/as our neophyte 
guest soinev;hat lacking. But Frank promises nuch, 
for he adds to his many accomplishjaents a true 
pitch and a lovely- tone. To those who did not re- 
tain the ineradicable memorj'- of Kreisler*s perfor- 
mance of this dulcet v/ork, Frank brought the genuine 
pleasure of a most agreeable concerto beautifully 
performed." 

T^70 Curtis folk figured in the concert of August 
second, Saul Gaston, who conducted, and Abram Chasins, 
whose composition "Parade" v/as played. The program 
consisted of Tschaikowsky' s Fourth Sjrmphony, the 
Chasins work, tv:o of Brabns' Hungarian Dances, 
Debussy's " Aftern oon of a Faun " and Enesco's first 
Rumanian Rhapsody, The Public Le dsrer said: "Saul 
C as ton -"-"--^^^h:- scored one of the outstanding suc- 
cesses of the season, ^hhhhhc- Mr. Caston gave a 
splendid interpretation of Tschaikowsky' s Fourth 
Symphony. His conception v;as excellent nunically 
and he had the Orchestra under perfect control at 
all times. His tem/pi were unusually convincing, 
especially in the pizzicato scherzo, which he took 
at the proper speed instead of rushing the Orches- 
tra 'off its feet' as is so often the case." (Mr. 
Caston, instructor of Trumpet at the Institute a.nd 
member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, studies Con- 
ducting with Mr. Reiner.) .... Regarding the Cha- 
sins work the Ledger said: "It is extremelj'- Y/ell 
written end shows a splendid knov/ledge of the pos- 
sibilities of the modern orchestra." " Parade " was 
given its '»vorld premiere April 8, 1951 by the Phil- 



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harmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York under Artu- 
ro Toscanini's baton, the opus being the only com- 
position by a. modern /iniericen compor>er to have been 
performed until then by this conductor, Ti'ho repeated 
it on April tenth, twelfth and eighteenth. The \¥ork 
has also been performed by the Boston Symphony. (Mr. 
Chasins, an instructor at the Institute, is a gradu- 
ate in Piano, having studied uith Ivlr. Hofiaann.) 

Joseph Levine, pianist student under liv, Ilofmann, 
also chose a Tschaikov;sl:y v.'ork, the concerto in B 
flat minor, for his appearance on August tv-enticth 
v/ith the Orchestra. The Public Ledger carried the 
following comment: "Mr. Levine -^hhh:-)^^ proved a pian- 
ist of exceedingly great gifts, which have been 
highly developed, and of great potential artistry. 
His technique ^.as fully equal to the huge demands of 
the concerto, which he played seemingly vdthout effort, 
his double octave ifiork in the first and last move- 
me^nts being especially brilliant. He took the second 
movement (Andantino) at & somev-hat more rapid pace 
than is usual but lost none of the dainty filigree 
work for the solo instrument. His tone was alv/ays 
under full control, being delicate or powerful as the 
moment required -x-)HHr-x-;;;H:-) ;;-;•; -x-;;-);->. Mr. Levine' s inter- 
pretation vjas excellent, although this has not yet 
been so highly developed as his teclinique — v^hich 
is not surprising when his youth is considered. He 
should go far as a concert player. He scored one of 
the most emphatic successes of the season among the 
soloists, being recalled to the stage seven or eight 
times." Mr. Smallens was the conductor. 

On September sixth Fiorenzo Tasso, tenor student 
under Mr. de Gogoras, arjpeared with the Civic Sym- 
phony Orchestra, conducted by Ernst Knoch, vjhich had 
a tv;o-weeks' season in the Dell. According to The 
Public Ledger "Mr. Tasso was very wermly received 
upon his entrance and sang both numbers with conspic- 
uous success. His voice is a 'robusto' tenor of Liuch 
power, good quality and excellent range. His first 
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was splendidly performed. The second minber, 'Ce- 
leste Aida' , Vv'as even better sung, and he v^as re- 
called to the stage so often that Dr. Knoch had him 
repeat the 'Pagliacci' aris as an encore." 

Frank Sinatra, tjaapani, student under Mr. Schwar, 
and /j?thur Statter and Lloyd Geisler, both students 
of truinpet imder Uv, Caston, were engaged for the 
performances of the Freiburg Passion Play v.'hich ren 
tv:o v.eeks at the Academy of Music beginning Septem- 
ber nineteenth. 



Other members of the faculty than those mentioned 
vacationed at various places in the United States 
and Europe. Students scattered during the summer 
months, returning to the Institute in an aggregate 
state of health and energy for the coming year. 



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The Calendar 

Due to a rather severe epidemic of infantile par- 
alysis in Philadelphie., the opening of the school v.as 
delayed iintil October seventeenth. The usual holidays 
have been observed: Thanlisgiving Day; the Christmas 
vacation, from the evening of DeceiTiber tv.enty-tliird 
to the evening of Januar;^^ third; Washington' s Birthday; 
the Easter vacation, beginning Good Friday-, April four- 
teenth, and continuing thru /.pril tv/enty- third; and 
Memorial Day, May thirtieth. The term ends May thirty- 
first. 

The Faculty 

Under the shadow of financicl depression, the In- 
stitute has operated v/ith a reduced faculty end staff. 
The record of the changes in personnel due to econom- 
ic conditions exists elsev-here c.nd it remains for 
OVIIRTOKES only to nark the going (for other reasons) 
of one outstanding member of the faculty and the com- 
ing of one nev/ member. 

In April 192 C Madojne Marcella Sembrich, v;ho had 
been v.-ith the Institute from its beginning in 1924 as 
instructor of Voice, tendered her resignation, due to 
ill health. OVEF:TCNES cannot but mention ^vith sorrow 
the retirement from the Institute's ranks of one who 
for so long has held an enviable position in the 
v.'orld of singing. 

Andreas Fugmann came to the Institute in October 
195£ as German operatic coach. He is a graduate of 
the Royal Conservatory of iv'usic in Dresden and has ■ 
been associated as coach £<nd accompanist with many 
prominent artists. 

The Library'- 

During the summer of 1952 the Victrola-Radio- 



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Dii.o-Art Room T;as moved from the mcin building to 
larger quarters in the building at 1720 Locust 
Street. Two rooms have been used in order to sep- 
arate the business office from the music room. The 
latter has been made soundproof and at the time of 
putting these rooms in condition for use a study 
toward Luprovement of radio reception and acoustics 
was made by Dr. G, M. Giannini, resulting in better 
service from radio and Victrola. The changes have 
greatly increased the efficiency of this section. 
Beginning in June 193f; and continuing thru the 
summer and the entire present school year, Mr. Pla- 
cido de Kontoliu has been at work upon the Cc-talog- 
ing and indexing of the rather extensive collection 
of vocal works in the Librarj'-. It is believed that 
Mr. de Montoliu' s index when complete will help to 
make facuJ-ty and students better acquainted vdth the 
actual wealth of material here available. 

L Publication 

Dr. Lynnwood Farnam' s Toccata, "0 Filii et Fi liae '% 
the manuscript of which v.^as included in the library 
which he bequeathed to The Curtis Institute of liusic, 
was published in September 193?,, by Theodore Presser. 
This work is very popular among organists. 

Opera 

On October second the Philadelphia Grand Opera 
Company, which had been affiliated with the Insti- 
tute, announced the suspension of performances dur- 
ing the season of 1952-1955. 

Socia l A ctivities 

Social activities during the year consisted of the 
annual Christmas Part^,' and a series of weekly Wednes- 
day afternoon teas, for faculty, staff and students, 
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of the "17E0" building. 

There is one occasion when The Curtis Institute 
as a body laj^s aside its earnest demeanour, for- 
gets its dignity and frolics like a spring lamb. 
This is the Christmas Party. Perhaps the serious 
days thru which we have been passing since the 
autumn of 1329, during which countenances have 
been marked by scov^ls and fro^^ns and the atmos- 
phere has been thick v/ith gloom and pessimism, tend 
to make recreation doubly frivolous. Whether or 
not this is so, the Christmas Party of December 20, 
1952 was the third of these annual events to assume 
theretofore uiiv;onted hilarity. 

Following the precedent set by the first of this 
trio of parties, faculty and students collaborated 
in the presentation of a "Revue". The "curtain 
raiser" consisted of a "song act" by a blue-over- 
alled, red-hair-ribboned sextet whose pianist was 
Abrsjn Chasins, not unknov.Ti to Casimir Kail audi- 
ences. Then the assemblage was treated to a 
serious number, the only one of the "Revue", a 
scintillating solo dance by Honna de tlontoliu, 
bea.utiful daughter of our instructor of Eurhyth- 
mies and Spanish. Of course, a "Spanish" "ballet" 
had to follov;. 

The amazing versatility of tv/o members of our 
faculty was next demonstrated in a skit entitled 
"The Registrar's Office", v/ritten and acted by 
Messrs. Saperton and Chasins. After another "song 
number" and a burlesqued bridge gsme, faculty 
members learned what students thought of them, 
doubtless to the vast amusement of all, thru a 
series of verses by Edwina Eustis sung by two 
members of the overall sextet, the musical setting 
of which was provided by our invaluable Mr, Chasins, 
v/ho also played it upon the piano. Oddly enough, 
this opus is not to be found an^T/here in listings 
of Mr, Chasins 's works. 

The Finale was another "ballet", a "Spring Dance". 

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extravaganza, the usual dancing got under way, our 
jaz2 orchestra on this occasion giving opportunity 
to certain invS true tors to receive a nev.- insight 
into their students' musical capacities. 

An Addres s 

The President addressed the school on the cfter- 
noori of May twenty-fifth. She explained to the 
students that the Institute, in effect, was approach- 
ing the end of an era. In her inimitable, gracious 
manner, she gave them friendly advice. Toward the 
end of her talk she stated that she v/as investigat- 
ing the possibility of the Institute's granting^ 
musical degrees and announced her intention of 
awarding such should there be sn-j students or even 
one student who might qualify. 



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Faculty Activities 



Casimir Hall 

The faculty series was opened November twenty- 
ninth by a recital hj lYdss van Emden, vvith Mr. 
Kaufman at the piano. Miss van Eriden sang an aria 
and five songs of Franz Schubert, a French group 
— Chausson, Franck and Gounod — , four German 
songs b^^ Joseph Marx, and brought her recital to a 
close with three English songs, by Mrs. H. H. A. 
Beach, Wintter V/atts, and Fran]: La Forge. 

The second faculty event, on December thirteenth, 
scheduled Miss Lawrence and Mr. .Salzedo, harpists, 
Vvith :<lr. Kincaid, flutist and Iwr. Salmond, 'cellist, 
collaborating. Follovdng their custom. Miss Lav.Tence 
and Mr. Salzedo included both old and modern works 
in their program. The first three nui-ibers dated from 
the eighteenth century, the last three being works of 
contemporary- compo sers • 

Mesdames Vengerova, pianists, and Luboshutz, 
violinist. Dr. Bailly, violist, and Mr. Salmond, 
violoncellist, collaborated for the third faculty 
evening. The program consisted of two trios for 
piano, violin and 'cello, by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 
and BraliiuS, and a Erahins piano, violin, viola and 
'cello quartet. This concert was given on the 
evening of December tv/enty-first. 

Mr. Geriiiani gave an organ recital on January 
ninth, with a program of much variety. 

Mr. Connell gave the fifth faculty recital, on 
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piano, he sang Each; Handel, Schimann and Brahms 
songs. 

The evening of Usrj eleventh saw something of a 
novelty presented in Casimir Hall, a recital for 
tv/o pianos, entitled "Zwei Eollegen in 5-4 Tait". 
Messrs, Chasins and Kaufiian presented the program, 
in T^hich tv/o nunbers were Mr. Chasins* s settings 
of Johann Strauss' s Kilns tlerleben and Blue Danube 
Waltzes. 

Mr. Saperton played the seventh and final re- 
cital of the series, on May tT.^3nty- fifth. His 
program, consisting largely of Godov/sky composi- 
tions and arrengements, included the first perfor- 
mance in the United States of Mr. Godowsky's 
Passacaglia . and the first performance in Philadel- 
phia of his studies on seven of Chopin's Etudes. 



Outside the Institute 

The concertizing of the Director carried him 
to most parts of the United States and into Canada. 
In the Seventh Pair of concerts of the Philadelphia 
Orchestra, in the Academy of Llusic, Philodelphia, 
November eighteenth and nineteenth, Mr, Hofmann 
clayed Rubinstein's D minor concerto, ?dth Ivir. 
S^tokoT:ski conducting. The latter concert v/as 
broadcast. The next day Mr. Hofmann played in 
Bronxville, New York; tv/o days Ister in Woolsey 
Hall, Nev- Haven. From there he jumped to Canada 
to pley in Glebe Collegiate Hall, Ottawa. Return- 
ing, he played t^vice, December first and third, in 
Severance flail, with the Cleveland Orchestra, con- 
ducted by Nikolai Sokoloff , and stopped in Cincin- 
nati for a concert on DeceTber sixth. Mr. Hofmann 
v/as again before the microphone on Janu?.r3^ fif- 
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of Beethoven, vdth the New York Philharmonic Sym- 
phony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, under Bruno Yial- 
ter's baton. Toward the end of Jarrav-ry Mr. Hof- 
mann swept thru the south and middle west and 
again went to Canada. In February he played in 
Los /mgeles, Gan Francisco, Tuscon (Arizona) and 
Tulsa (Oklahoma) , and in I^Iarch in Poughkeepsie 
(New York) and Oberlin (Ohio) . On March nineteenth 
he gave a recital in Carnegie Hall and on the 
tv/enty-ninth played in Brooklyn. April took him to 
Boston for a concert on the ninth and again to New 
York for a recital in Town Hall on the eleventh. 

Abram Chasins's Concerto Number Z in F sharp 
minor was given its world premiere by the Philadel- 
phia Orchestra and Leopold Stokowski on Friday 
afternoon, March third, in the Academy of uiusic, 
Philadelphia, with the composer playing the piano 
part. The concert, which was broadcast, v/as re- 
peated on Saturday evening, the fourth. 

Mr. Chasins's Concerto Number 1, it will be re- 
called, was played for the first time an^'^.vhere by 
the Philadelphia Orchestra and the composer four 
j^ears ago under the baton of Ossip Gabrilowitsch, 
Januar^r 18 and 19, 1929. Since then, the v:ork. 
Concerto Number 1, has been given a great many per- 
formances in the United States and in Europe. 

Mr. Chasins is a graduate of the Institute in 
Piano, former pupil of Mr. Hofmann, and now a mem- 
ber of our faculty. Still young in composing, he 
has been singularly fortunate in having his works 
played. We have mentioned elsewhere the auspicious 
launching and repeated performances of "Parade" . 
The Three Chinese Pieces have been played by Mr. 
Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic, by Dr. 
Artur Rodzinski and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, 
and by the Roxy Sjnnphony over the radio. 

Mr. Zimbalist is another member of our faculty 
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of China end Japan v;as not concluded until late in 
the autumn. On his vmy back to the States, he 
stopped in Honolulu v/here he appeared in concert on 
November second. Since then he has played many 
times in various parts of the United States, in 
Toronto, Canada, and in Central and South America. 

On December tenth he appeared as one of the solo- 
ists in the Symphonic Festival in benefit of the 
Ivlusicians Emergency Aid, given in Madison Square 
Garden, with V. alter Damrosch conducting. On the 
fourteenth he appeared v/ith Harold Bauer and Bruno 
Jaenicke in a concert of the Friends of Music in 
the Library of Congress, given at the residence of 
Mrs. Eugene Meyer, in V-.ashington . Later he played 
v.ith the Nevr Haven SAinphony Orchestra conducted by 
David Stanley Smith. On Janufc-rj^ thirteenth he 
gave a recital in Carnegie Hall; on the twenty- 
second he appeared with the ^"/estchester Philhar- 
monic Orchestra in V-hite Plains, NeY/ York. He 
played in Jordan Hall, Boston, on February third, 
and v/as soloist v/ith the Ner; York Philharmonic, 
under Bruno Y.alter, on the nineteenth. 

On March third Mr. Zimbalist appeared as solo- 
ist in the Inaugural Concert in Constitution Hall, 
Washington, in which Rosa Ponsell and Lavn^ence 
Tibbett were the other soloists. Later in March 
he gave a recital at Euclid Avenue Temple, Cleve- 
land, Ohio. 

Mr. Zimbalist appeared as soloist v.dth the Phil- 
adelphia Orchestra, in the AxCademy of Music, Phil- 
adelphia, under Leopold Stokov/ski, on April seventh 
and eighth, and on the eleventh in Nev.' York, play- 
ing the Sibelius Concerto in D minor. The April 
seventh concert v/as broadcast. 

In May he left for a tour of Central and South 
Ajnerica. 

Theodore Saidenberg, grsduate of the Institute 
and fonner pupil of Mr. Kaufman, is Mr. Zimbalist* s 
accompanist. 



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In the Eighth Pair of concerts and the Fourth 
Monday Evening of the Philadelphia Orchestra, in 
Philadelphia, November tv/enty-fifth, twenty-sixth 
and twenty-eighth, Madaiiie Luboshutz and Llr. Sal- 
mond played the Brahms Concerto in A minor for 
Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra, with. Mr. Sto- 
kowski conducting. The performance of the twenty- 
sixth v;as broadcast. 

Kadaine Luboshutz gave recital? in ?;inter Park, 
at the Annie Russell Theatre, on February' twenty- 
second, and in Lake Y.ales, at the Mountain Lake 
Club, on February twenty-sixth. 

Mr. Salmond v/as guest soloist with the I'.iusic- 
ians' cj-TEphony Orchestra at the jletropoliteoi Opera 
House in Nev/ York on November tv/enty-second. He 
appeared in V.innioeg on December first and v*as 
guest artist rith the Cleveland String Quartet, in 
Cleveland, on January- seventeenth. 

Mr. Germani, upon v.'hom the Order of Knight of 
the Crovvn of Italy was bestov;ed by Xing Victor 
Emmanuel in November at the suggestion of Benito 
liussolini, has appeared in Toronto and Montreal, 
and in Providence, Rhode Island, and Gcrden C±tj, 
Long Island, Nev/ York. 

Mr. Anton Brees opened the Virginia Vvar Memo- 
rial Corillon, at Richmond, on October fifteenth, 
and gave carillon recitals on the seme day (tro) 
and on October sixteenth, eighteenth, tv.enty- 
third, twenty-fifth, and thirtieth; November first, 
sixth, eighth, eleventh, thirteenth and fifteenth. 
This carillon, consisting of sixty-six bells cast 
by Johji Taylor and Company, of Loughborough, 
England, v^ith its tov^er, was erected as a Memorial 
to the veterans of Virginia who served in the 
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The composition of I*lr. Scalero, fini.shed in the 
summer of 195?, entitled " The Divine Forest", a 
symphonic v;ork, was selected for the program of 
the first concert of the season by the Augusteo 
Orchestra, directed by Bernardino I.iolinari, in 
Rome. 

Substituting for Mr. Stokov7ski, i/lr. Reiner con- 
ducted the T^oxy Mammoth Symphony, at Radio City 
iviusic Hall on January first. In April I'r. Reiner 
sailed for Europe to conduct concerts in Turin and 
Rome, a Liszt Festival concert in Budapest, a per- 
formance of Tannhauser at the Budapest Royal Opera, 
and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra at the Inter- 
national Music Festival in Vienna. 

Mr, Eimboni has been active during the year v.dth 
his work as Director of the Orpheus Club and as a 
member of the faculty in the I>iUsic Department of 
the University of Pennsylvania. Under his leader- 
ship the Orpheus Club gave several concerts in the 
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, in one of which, 
on February fifteenth, Edith Evans Braun, pianist 
and composer, and former pupil of Mr. Kofmann sjid 
Mr. Scalero, appeared as accompanist for Dorothy 
Fox (Mrs. Curtis Allen), who uses many of i>irs. 
Braun' s songs in her repertoire. Many of the con- 
certs given in Irvine Auditorium of the University 
under lAr. Bimboni's direction scheduled Curtis 
students, as mentioned elsewhere in our book. 

Sylvan Levin, graduate of the Institute and 
faculty member, whose artistic v»ork, whether as 
conductor or pianist, never fails to win critics' 
acclaim, played Ravel's Concerto in G major v;ith 
the Philadelphia Orchestra and Llr. Stokowski in 
Carnegie Kail on November eighth. The first /imer- 
ican performance of this v.ork v.as given in April 
192C by Mr. Levin and the Philadelphia Orchestra 
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marked its New York premiere. This is the concerto 
which Mr. Levin played with the Havana Philharmonic 
Orchestra under Roldan, on September twenty-fifth, 
in Havana, as elsev/here stated. 

Mr. Levin conducted an orchestra of tliree hun- 
dred pieces on December twenty-first at the Mast- 
bauni Theatre, Philadelphia, as part of the program 
of concerts in benefit of the local United Campaign. 

He accompanied Reinald Vrerrenrath in the latter' s 
recital in To\fn Hall, Nev; York, on the sixth of 
Noveiiiber. 






A Presentstion of 
The Chainber Llusic Department 

A soneY.hat unique event in Casiair Hall was the 
presentation by the Department of Chainber Tvlusic of 
Monsieur Florent Schnitt, of Paris, on Sunday even- 
ing, January eighth. Yiith the composer at the 
piano, Lionsieur Schnitt' s Quintet, Opus 51, for 
Piano, Violins, Viola and Violoncello v.^as played. 
Assisting him v/ere Dr. Louis Bailly, who arranged 
the concert, and tliree of Dr. Bailly' s students in 
Charuber liusic: Oskar Shumsk^/ and Jascha Brodsky, 
violinists, and Orlando Cole, 'celliot. The Quin- 
tet, v.-hich is in tliree move-ients and which requires 
fifty minutes for performance, made up the entire 
program. The vvork was, of course, played uncut. 

The President of the Institute, Mrs. Bok, intro- 
duced lAonsieur Sclimitt tc the audience. He is the 
Director of the Lyons Conservatory and the composer 
of symphonic, chamber music, piano and voccJ. \,orks, 
having studied with Gabriel Faure at the Paris Con- 
servatory and having won there the Prix de Rome . 
It was the Quintet T.hich assured ..lonsieur Schnitt' s 
position as a composer. It is his best knovin \York. 
Dr. Bailly played it with the composer in Paris at 
one of the earliest performances of the composition. 

The League of Composers sponsored a concert of 
Monsieur Schniitt's music in New York on December 
t'.venty-sighth, with the composer at the piano for 
each of the five works played. Serge Koussevitsky 
and the Boston Symphony performed .Vionsieur Sclimitt's 
new Symphonic Concertante for Piano and Orchestra 
during the season v.-ith the composer playing the 
piano part. 

An informal reception in the main hall followed 
the Casimir Hal], performance. 



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student Activities 

Casirair Hall Con certs 

Students under Madsjne Luboshutz in Violin — 
Celia Gomberg and Janies Bloom — v/ith Eugene Helmer, 
student in accompanj^ing under Mr. Kaufman, at the 
piano, gave the first concert in the student series, 
on the evening of Deceiiber eighth. Tv/o other stu- 
dents v/ith Madame Lubo shuts — Jean Spitzer ajid Eva 
Stark — v/ith Mr. Ilelmer again at the piano, ap- 
peared on the evening of Deceinber tv/enty-second. 

An organ concert hj students under Mr, Germani — 
Paul Zuydhoek, Paul Robinson and Donald IVilcox — 
was given on the evening of January tv.enty-fifth. 

Harpists studying v/ith iVir. Salzedo and Miss Law- 
rence — Mary Griffith, Eleanor England, Ivlargret 
Brill, Marjorie Call and Reva Reatha — gcive a con- 
cert on the evening of March fourteenth, assisted 
by Jorge Bolet, piano student under Mr. Saperton, 

Violinists again appeared on the evening of March 
thirtieth, students v.ith Mr. Ziinbalist: Oskar Shum- 
sky, Frederick Vogelgesan^^, Felix Slatkin, Eudice 
Shapiro, Franlilin Siegfried and Charles Jaffe. Flo- 
rence Frejitz and Vladimir Sokoloff, both students 
under Mr. Kaufman, played the accompaniiaents. 

Students under Mr. Saperton in Piano — Ezra 
Raclilin, Richard Goodiian and Jorge Bolet — played 
on the evening of April fifth. 

Vocalists, students under Mr. Connell, gave a 
concert on the evening of April sixth — Vialter 
Vassar, baritone, Cecelia Thompson, soprano, Leonard 
Treash, bass, Irene Becjner, mezzo-contralto, Elsa 
Meiskey, soprano, Eugene Rai'^ey, tenor, Virginia 
Kendrick, contralto, and Daniel Healy, tenor — 
assisted by Philip Frank, then violin student under 
Mr. Zimbalist, Orlando Cole, graduate in 'cello 
under Mr. Salinond, and Sylvan Levin. Accoiiipaniments 



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were played by Bernard FraPxl: and Sarah Lewis, stu- 
dents vilth iMr. Kaufman. 

Another vocal concert was that given on the 
evening of April thirteenth by students under Miss 
van "Eiaden — Irene Singer and Inez Gorman, sopranos, 
and Charlotte Daniels and Irra Petina, mezzo-sopran- 
os — assisted by Daniel Healy, tenor, and V.'alter 
Vassar, baritone, students under i;Ir. Connell, and 
Donald Y»ilcox, student of Organ with I.lr. Germaui. 
Eugene Helmer and Vladinir Sokoloff, students, v^^ere 
the accom73anists, 

Sol Kaplan, Zadel Skolovslcy and Cecille Geschich- 
ter, students of Piano under i.iada.ne Vengerova, assist- 
ed by Florence Frantz, graducite in Piano under 
Lfladame Vengerova, played the students' concert on 
the evening of April tv/enty-fifth. 

'Cellists appeared in CasL'nir Kail on the even- 
ing of the tvventy-sixth — Samuel Mayes, Howard 
Mitchell and Victor Gottlieb. The accompanist v;as 
Ralph Eerkowitz, who set the orchestral score of 
the last number of the program, Bloch' s Sche lomo , to 
two pianos, Mr. Berkov.dtz, student with Ivir. Kaufman, 
v/as assisted for this number by Florence Frantz, who 
also studies accompejiying with Mr. Kaufman. 

The concert given on the evening of May second 
was a program of wind ensemble music by students 
under Mr. Tabuteau — Joseph Mariano, Sail Opava, 
Albert Tipton and Ardelle liookins, flutes; Harold 
Goffiberg, Arno Mariotti, Rhadames Angelucci, and John 
Minsker, oboes; Robert Hartmeai and Leon Lester, 
clarinets; Sune Johnson and Ernani Angelucci, horns; 
Samuel Krauss, trumpet; Andrev/ Luck and Carl Bowman, 
bassoons; assisted by Sarah Lewis, piano, student 
majoring in Accompanying. 

Another vocal concert Vvas given on the evening of 
May fourth by students under Mr. de Gogorza — Abrasha 
Robofsky, baritone, Eugene Loewenthal, bass, Agnes 
Davis, soprano, Fiorenzo Tasso, tenor, Benjamin de 
Loache, baritone, and Ruth Carhart, contralto — with 
accompaniments by Eugene Helmer and Vladimir Sokoloff, 



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students under lur. Kaufman. The Casimir Quartet, 
whose personnel consists of Charles Jaffe, Felix 
Slatkin, Alvin Dlnkin, and Victor Gottlieb, violins, 
viola and 'cello, all students of Chajuber ^lusic vvith 
Dr. Bailly, assisted for ono number. iMiss Carol 
Deis, scheduled in this program to sing two songs, 
did not appear because of illness. 

The Director's ov.n students — Martha Halbv/achs, 
Nadia Reisenberg and Shura Cherkassky — gave the 
next concert, on the evening of May seventeenth. 
Iviiss Tatiana de Sanzewitch who \ms to have opened the 
program was unable to appear due to illness in her 
family. 

An informal concert by students with LIr. Salzedo 
— Ariel Perry, Bessie Goodman, 'jlarjorie T;^Te, Inez 
Bretley, Llaryjane Llayhew, and Reinhardt Elster, harp- 
ists, — v.'as given on the afternoon of Liay tv^enty- 
third . 

The final concert of the student series, by stu- 
dents with Iviadame Llario, was given on the evening of 
Ivlay twenty-fourth. The students were Paceli Diamond, 
liiargaret Codd, Ruth Gordon, Henriette Horle, and 
Rose Bampton, the latter being a graduate. Donald 
Vvilcox, student with :.lr. Germani, played one organ 
accompaniment, and Ardelle Hookins, student with Mr, 
Kincaid, a flute obblig^ito. Pieno accompanLments 
v;ere played by Sylvan Levin. 

The schedule of student concertc included five 
graduation recitals. 

The first was that of Jennie Robinor, pianist, 
and first graduate in Chamber Music under Dr. Bailly, 
on Friday evening, December ninth. Students assist- 
ing Lliss Robinor v.ere Oskar ShuOwSk;^^, George and Jack 
Pepper, Louis Vjmer, Orlando Cole, James Bloom, Ar- 
delle Hookins, Eudice Shapiro, Abe Burg, FraniJ.in 
Siegfried, Nathan Snader, Robert Levine, Rowland 
Cresswell, Joseph Druian, Gilbert Eney and Carl 
Torello, all students of Chamber .Music with Dr. 
Bailly. 



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Frank Miller, graduate in Violoncello under Mr. 
Salmond, played his recital on the evening of Iiiarch 
seventh, with Ralph Berkowits, student in Accompany- 
ing under Ivlr. Kaufman, at the piano, 

Jean-Marie Robinault, pianist, student under Mr. 
Saperton, played his graduation recital on the evening 
of March t'.venty-second. 

Ethel Stark, violinist, v.'as the next student to 
give a graduation recital, on the evening of April 
fourth. A student under Madame Lufcoshutz, Miss 
Stark v.as assisted at the piano by Ralph Berkowitz, 

Four violinists, graduates under Mr. Zimbalist, 
played a joint graduation recital on the evening of 
April seventh. They were Jascha Brodsky and Iso 
Eriselli, assisted by Vladiair Sokoloff at the 
piano, and George Pepper and Philip Frank, who had 
Florence Frantz as accompanist. 



At the LIuseum 

The fifth season of chcimber i.iusic concerts in 
the -"-Philadelphia Lluseum of Art under the artistic 
direction of Dr. Louis Bailly opened on Sunday even- 
ing, November thirteenth, with a program by the 
Curtis String Quartet, assisted by Abrasha Robofsky. 
Eugene Helmer v/as :.Ir. Robofslr/'s accompanist at the 
piano. 

The second concert v;as given on the evening of 
December eleventh, by Jennie Robinor and Oskar Shun- 
slcy, piano and violin soloists, and a string quartet 
composed of George and Jack Pepper, violins, Louis 



■55-1 1 was called to our attention by officials of the 
Museum that the name of the building in which the 
concerts are given is the Philadelphia Liuseum of 
Art, the naL'ie of the organisation operating it the 
Pennsylvania Museum of j^rt. 



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Vyner, viola, and Orlando Cole, 'cello; the Connell 
Vocal Quartet, v/hose members consist of Cecelia 
Thompson, soprano, Irene Beamer, contralto, Daniel 
Hee2y, tenor, &nd Leonard Treash, bass; and a large 
ensemble which had Miss Robinor again foid Ardelle 
Hookins, flutist, and Eudice Shapiro, violinist, 
as soloists. The strings, besides George Pepper 
and Ivir. Vjmer, T/ere Abe Burr, Franklin Siegfried, 
Nathan Snader, Robert Levine, Rov/land Cressvrell, 
Joseph Druian, Gilbert Eney and Carl Torello. This 
ensemble v:as conducted by Dr. Bailly, 

Beethoven's .".liserere . which v/as composed in 1812 
for the Feast of All Souls and which was played at 
the composer's funeral, Llarch £9, 18^7, vras played 
in the third concert on January trenty -ninth as a 
memorial to I.ir. Eli Kirk Price, who until his recent 
death was President of the Art '.luseum. The Miserere 
v:as interpolated in the program and was played in a 
special arrangement hy a string orchestra conducted 
by Dr. Bailly, following an announcement by I.lr. 
Fiske Kimball, Director of the r.iuseum. Students tak- 
ing part in the program v/ere Yvonne Krinsky and 
Eugene Helmer, pianos; Philip Frank, Charles Jaffe, 
Abe Burg, Marian Head, Franklin Siegfried, Felix 
-Slatkin, Eva Stark, Jack Pepper and James Bloom, 
violins; Leonard Mogill, Simon Asin, Alvin Dinkin, 
VJalter Riediger and Virginia Majewski, violas; How- 
ard L'itchell, Rowland Cres swell, Joseph Druian, 
Saromj'- Mayes and Orlando Cole, violoncellos; and Carl 
Torello and Vvillicjn Valentine, double basses. 

Harps were used, in orchestral formation, in the 
fourth concert, on ilarch fifth. The harpists were 
Inez Eretley, I.largret Brill, Marjorie Call, Reinhardt 
Elster, Eleanor Englsjid, Bessie Goodman, Liary Grif- 
fith, Llaryjane I'.iayhew, Ariel Perry, Reva Reatha and 
Llarjorie Tj-re, Enid this ensemble vies conducted by ilr. 
Carlos Salsedo. Other students participating in the 
concert were Lily Llatison, Marian Head, James Bloom, 
and Felix Slatkin, violins; Virginia Majewski c^jid 
Arthur Granick, viola^; Victor Gottlieb, violoncello; 



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and Zadel Skolovsky, piano. 

The final concert of the season v:as given on the 
evening of April ninth. Jean-Marie Robinault, pian- 
ist, T.'ho had played his graduation recital in Cas- 
irnir Kail but a Y/eek or tivo previously, appeared as 
soloist in two numbers and again in the final ensem- 
ble. Dr. Bailly conducted an ensemble of violins 
and violas in a performance of Handel' s Passaca^lia 
\vhich Halvorsen arrcinged for violin and viola and 
v/hich v.'as given in enlarged form on this occasion. 
Besides Mr. Robinault, students participating v.ere 
Philip Frank, Charles Jaffe, James Bloom, Abe Burg, 
Celia Gomberg, I.larian Head, Lil;/ Matison, Jack Pep- 
per, Eudice Shapiro, Benjamin Sharlip, Felix Slatkin, 
Nathan Snader, Jean Spits er and Ethel Stark, violins; 
Leonard I.Iogill, Max Aronoff, Simon Asin, Ruth Bagen, 
Gabriel Braverrnan, Alvin Dinkin, Arthur Granick, 
Virginia Majev/ski, Fred Rosenberg and Louis V^mer, 
violas; Ko\Yard IJitchell, violoncello; and Leon Les- 
ter, clarinet. 

Each of the concerts is opened by the Homer Fan- 
fare. 

These I/iuseum concerts have been given each year 
vvith increasing success. Audiences of between tv/o 
and three thousand people constantly attend, often 
despite exceedingly inclement v^eather. On many occa- 
sions the attendance has been much larger. 

The coincidence of the Inauguration of a Nev/ Pres- 
idential Administration, a crisis in national econom- 
ic affairs, s.nd a Museum concert led the columnist 
Sarah D. Lov/rie to VvTite in the Evening Public Led peer 
of March 8, 1955: "As I sat in the gallery and glanced 
along the great highv/ay to the City Hall, that bril- 
liantly lighted boulevard leading to the toYzering 
buildings on Broad Street end beyond v.as as resplen- 
dent as T:as the slry itself. And, turning back to the 
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form belov7 the Great Diana, the galajQ'- of young 
musician.s and the beauty of their playing and the 
music that they played were facts as thrilling and 
exhilarating as the long vista frora the great win- 
dows of lighted streets and 'the starrj^ firmament 
on high' were each in their way. That is a greet 
gift which :Jrs. Bok gives the City of Philadelphia 
with the background of the Iluseum and the co-opera- 
tion of that school of ijusic, but never in the his- 
tory of those gifts was it so well bestowed a^.d so 
greatly needed and so spontaneously appreciated as 
on that Sunday night of the fifth of March v/hich 
had ushered in news of our financial situation 
fra.ught with such consequences to the whole world, 
?*hat was left in the way of beauty and of genius 
and of a vdde generosity and of the stability of 
art seemed in itself so full of immeasurable values 
that the fall of the dollar appeared for the time 
being as of as little consequence as the fall of a 
shooting star. And the gold of the beautiful harps 
and the nashing sound of their many strings and the 
reds and yellov.s and greens and blacks and v/hites 
of the charming evening frocks v^hich the girls who 
played wore, seeiaed to be the only enchantment 
¥'hich the eye a.nd the ear needed to v.eave a spell 
of beauty in order to make us sll forget that there 
was anything else that mattered." 



The Curti s Sym_phpny Orchest ra 

FinancieJ. stringency made it impossible for the 
Curtis Symphony Orchestrc. to give iiiore than one 
public concert in the season, but that one was not- 
able. It was a concert for the Philadelphia Forujn, 
given in the Academy of iJusic, Philadelphia, on the 
evening of December nineteenth, lir. Reiner, of 
course, conducted. Ii/Iax Aronoff, violist, was the 
soloist. 

Critics united in ver^" high praise of orchestra 



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soloist and conductor. To Linton Martin of the 
Philad elphia Inquire r the performg.nce v/as "one of 
outstanding artistry and unflagging interest", Mr. 
Martin said, in the Inciuirer of December ?:0, 195?., 
"the Curtis Orchestra presented a program of soundly 
symphonic quality, vastly superior to end .Tiore sdult 
in Interest than many presented by regular profess- 
ional orchestras at times. Admirable balance of 
tone, a response that was sensitive, and notable 
delicacy of detail with plentiful po\'yer vff3re qual- 
ities fipparent throughout ....". Concerning the 
soloist, v-ho played the Handel Concerto for viola 
and orchestra in B minor, Lir. Laciar of the Public 
Ledc^er said "Mr. iironoff siiowed a technique more than 
equal to its difficulties, by no means small, and 
gave a sjinpathetic interpretation, especially of the 
delightful Andante. His principal characteristic, 
however, v.as a tone of great riclmess, beeuty and 
evenness in all the registers of the instrument .... 



Mr. Martin, v;riting again in the Inou irer of 
Sunday, December tv-enty-fifth, said in his column 
"Them es cind Variatiojig"; "The concert of the Sjth- 
phony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music 
which he (Mr. Reiner) conducted for the Forum in the 
Academy v/as impressively professional in technical 
attainments and in interpretive excellence. It 
covered with glory both- Mr. Reiner and the youthful 
musicians v/ho comprise the orchestra, and demonstra- 
ted that the orchestra, as brought to its present 
pitch of ability by Mr. Reiner, is a valuable civic 
asset. If some unforseen emergency arose that found 
the Philadelphia Orchestra unable to give a required 
performance, the Curtis Orchestra might quite cred- 
itably fill the breacli. It is a plain fact that the 
performance of this student body surpasses the per- 
formances of some large, professional w^i^Tiphony or- 
chestras that have visited Philadelphia with all 
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The Orchestra has played a number of times over 
the radio. These Derformances are noted elsewhere. 



The Concer t Course 

Forty concerts were arranged. The first v:as giv- 
en at Viesttov.n School, T/esttown, Pennsylvania, on 
the evening of October eighth, by George Pepper, 
violinist, end V^/alter Vassar, baritone, with Ralph 
Berkov.dtz as acconipanist, assisted by Cecille Ges- 
chichter, solo pianist. On the evening of the 
twelfth, Irene Singer, soprano, George Pepper, vio- 
linist, and Benjamin de Loache, baritone, \'\'ith Mr. 
Berkovdtz again playing accompaniments, appeared at 
the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, for the 
State Federation of Pennsylvania V.-omen. Marian Head, 
violinist, and Henriette Horle, soprano, wdth Sarah 
Le?,'is as their accompanist, assisted by Joseph Le- 
vine, solo pianist, appeared at the Peddie School, 
of Kightstov^-n, New Jersey, on the evening of October 
fifteenth, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsyl- 
vania, scheduled a concert on the evening of Octo- 
ber tv. en ty- seventh, by Celia Gomberg, violinist, and 
Paceli Diamond, soprano, accompanied by Eugene Hel- 
mer, and by Jorge Bolet, solo pianist. 

On the evening of Moveiiiber fourth, Philip Frank, 
violinist, Joseph Levine, solo pianist, Elsa Meiskey, 
soprano, and Sarah Lewis, accompanist, appeared at 
Y.estern Mar^^-land College, Yfestminster, Ivlaryland. On 
the fourteenth, there Y/as a concert by Lily Matison, 
violinist, and Daniel Healy, tenor, accompanied by 
Vladimir Sokoloff, at the New Century Club, Y.ilming- 
ton, Delaware. At the Vvoman's Club of Ardmore, 
Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Edvdna Eustis, contralto, and 
James Bloom, violinist, with Vladimir Sokoloff as 
accompanist, gave a recital on the afternoon of the 
eighteenth. The Elbee Quartet, consisting of Lily 
Matison and Marian Head, violins, Virginia I/xajewski, 
viola, and Victor Gottlieb, 'cello, assisted by 
V/alter Vassar, baritone, gave a concert at the Cla^'-- 



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raont Special District Public School, Cla^Tnont, Del- 
aware, on the afternoon of Noveniber tv, en t^""- third. 
Sigana Sornborger v/as Mr. Vassar' s accompanist. 

On December second occurred the first of a series 
of morning ir.usicales at I^iquon School, Lliquon, Penn- 
sylvania, in which the Institute's younger students 
have appeared. This concert v/as given by Sol Kaplan, 
solo pianist, Frederick. Vogelgesang, violinist, and 
Saimny Mayes, 'cellist, accompcjiied by Llarga V.ustner. 
On the evening of December third, Lily I.5atison, vio- 
linist, Howard i/dtchell, 'cellist, Y/illiain Harms, 
solo pianist, and Ralph Berkovvitz, accompanist, 
appeared at the University of Delaware, Newark, Del- 
aware. A concert v^as given at Sleighton Farm, Darling- 
ton, Pennsylvania, the next evening, by Inez Gorman, 
soprano, Jean Spitser, violinist, Eugene Ramey, tenor, 
and Eugene Helmer, accompanist. 

On the evening of Jsjiuar^^ seventh, Mr. Rajney, Miss 
Spitr.er, and Miss Diamond, appeared st George School, 
George School, Pennsylvania, v;ith Sigana Sornborger 
as accompanist, uesttovvn School again asked for a 
concert and on the evening of January fourteenth 
Sol Kaplan, solo pianist, assisted by Iso Briselli, 
violinist, and Ruth Carhart, contralto, appeared, ..ith 
lilr. Berkoivitz as their accompanist. On the afternoon 
of January fifteenth, the first concert by Curtis stu- 
dents \7as given in the Hew Jersey State MuseuLi, Tren- 
ton, Nev; Jersey. The students were Jean-Marie Robin- 
ault, solo pianist, Ethel Stark, violinist, and Ruth 
Carbirt, contralto, ;vith VladLiiir Sokoloff as accom- 
panist. Rosita Escalona, solo pianist, and Leonard 
Treash, bass-baritone, vdth Freda Pastor, accompanist, 
appeared for the Porch Club of Rivcrton, Riverton, Nev/ 
Jersey, on the afternoon of Januar;;;'- seventeenth. The 
second concert of the season at the University of Del- 
avi^are v/as given on the evening of January nineteenth 
by Daniel Healy, tenor, accompenied by Sarah Levds, 
and a trio consisting of Ardelle Ilookins, flute, 
Marisji Head, violin, and Virginia iuajev/ski, viola. 
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bY/achs, solo pianist, George Peppsr, violinist, Al- 
bert laahler, tenor, and Sigana Sornborger, accompan- 
ist, appeared for the Colony Club of /unbler. The 
second concert at iviiquon School -.vas given on the 
morning of the tvrenty- seventh by Margot Ros, pian- 
ist, albert Tipton, flutist, Harold Gonberg, oboist, 
and Catherine Bodler, accompanist. Irene B earner, . 
meszo-contralto, and Saiimiy Mayes, 'cellist, v,ith 
Florence Frantz, as their accoiipanist, gave a re- 
cital at the ?,"oms.n' s Club of Phoenixville, Pennsyl- 
vania, on the afternoon of the thirty-first. 

A concert was given at the Glenside-Weldon Public 
School, Glenside, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of 
February first, by Eugene Loev.enthal, bass-baritone, 
accOiTipanied by Bernard Frank, and a trio composed of 
Ardelle Hookins, flutist, Marian Head, violinist, 
and Virginia iMajewski, violist. Walter Vassar accom- 
panied by Mr. Berkowitz, and the Kaplan-Vlgelgesc?iig- 
Mayes trio appeared at Unionville Joint Consolidated 
School, Unionville, Pennsylv&jiia, on the afternoon 
of February third. Irene Singer, soprano, Lily Iv.at- 
ison, violinist, and Albert Llaliler, tenor, v.ith Vlad- 
imir Sokoloff , accompanist, appeared at Blair Acad- 
emy-, Elairstov/n, New Jersey, on the evening of Feb- 
ruary tenth. On Sunday evening, February twelfth, 
Margaret Codd, soprano, accoiupanied by Llr. Berkowitz, 
assisted by the Elbee Quartet, gave one of the 
Swartbiiore College Vespers in the Clothier Llemorial 
Chapel, at Sv;arthi.:ore. Cecille Geschichter, solo 
pianist, Ruth Gordon, contralto, Charles Jaffe, vio- 
linist, and Eugene Helraer, accompanist, appeared at 
the iJusic Club of Reading, Reading, Penns7)rlvania, on 
the evening of February seventeenth. A second re- 
quest from. Sleighton Farm resulted in appearance there 
by Cecelia Thompson, soprano, accompanied by Llarga, 
Wustner, and the Kaplan-Vogelgesang-Mayes trio, on 
the evening of the tv: en ty- sixth. 

The IJarch concerts of the Concert Course began 
with the third program at the University of Delaware, 
on the evening of the second. It consisted of cham- 



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ber music in uoodY;ind trio and quintet form and in 
v.oodwind quartet and sextet form, T.ith piano, and of 
vocal solos. The soloist was Virginia Kendrick, con- 
tralto. On March third the third and final morning 
concert was given at Micuon School by Eva Stark, 
violinist, Jec^Jinette V^einstein, solo pianist, and 
Freda Pastor, accompanist . Agnes Davis, soprano, and 
Charles Jaffe, violinist, accoinpanied by Eugene Hel- 
per, appeared at the Roman's Club of Bala-Cynvvyd, 
on the evening of iJarch sixth. The first appearance 
of Curtis students at Immaculata College, Frazer, 
Pennsylvania, y-as made on the afternoon of the tv^en- 
tieth, by the Kaplan-Vogelgesang-Mayes trio and 
Catherine Bodler, pianist. On Sunday afternoon, 
March twenty-sixth, a second concert v;as given at the 
Nev.^ Jersey State iiuseun, by Lily Ivfatison, violinist, 
Abrasha PLobofsIn/, baritone, and Florence Frantz, ac- 
companist, and the Elbee Quartet. 

Liiss ilatison again appeared, on the afternoon of 
April fifth, 7/ith Albert Ivlaliler, tenor, -nd Paloh 
BerkoT/itz, accompanist, at the Dover Century Club, 
Dover, Delaware. On the evening of April sixth, 
there v/as a recital at the f.oi.ian's Club of Palnyra, 
Nev/ Jersey, by Henriette Horle, soprano, Rorland 
Cressv.ell, 'cellist, cjid Donald hilcox, organist. 
Inez GoriTian, soprano, Felix Slatkin, violinist, and 
Vvalter Vassar, baritone, v.ith Sigana Sornborger, 
acconpanist, appeared at the Cape May County^/jrt 
League on Friday evening April seventh, at Cape 
Llay, Nev.- Jersey. V.estern [.■aryland College scheduled 
Howard .^Jitchell, 'cellist, Jascha Brodsky, violinist, 
and Eugene Kelmer, accompanist, for a concert on 
the evening of the t^^enty-firot. Another concert 
v/as given at George School on the evening of the 
twenty-ninth by Selma Anansky, soprano, Abe Eurg, 
violinist, John Cosby, bass, and Catherine Bodler, 
accompanist. 

A concert Y:a.s given at the Ivierion Civic Club on 
May seventeenth, by Irene Singer, Lily Ivlatison, Dan- 
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" Shelte r" C oncerts 

In these troublous times of vddespread depriva- 
tion and v.ant it is fitting that The Curtis insti- 
tute has presented a series of informal concerts in 
the Shelter for Homeless Men, with a. two-fold result. 
The Shelter is a vacant warehouse in Philadelphia, 
turned over bv the Baldv/in Locomotive V.'orks to the 
City for the purpose of providing sleeping quarters 
and meals for the unusually large nur.ber of unem- 
ployed and destitute men, single or separated from 
their families, that the times have produced. Be- 
tween two and four thousand men sought refuge there, 
thruout the winter, coming and going, with the ebb 
and flow of conditions. Interested efforts to com- 
bat the idleness so destructive to the morale re- 
sulted in evening entertainment var^'ing in form from 
the "show" to the amateur boxing and wrestling match, 
and the men's appreciation of the Curtis concerts 
may be gauged from the fact that "Curtis night" was 
looked forward to with as keen a sense of anticipa- 
tion as "fight night". To have given good lausic' to 
human beings for v^hom the concert and even the 
radio is as unattainable as the planets is surely 
to have given something valuable and lasting, and it 
has been hoped that in this giving Curtis students 
have themselves profited. Liany of them not unfamil- 
iar with the seamier side of life and yet others 
entirely without personal contact with sordid things, 
all of them are accustomed as part of their training 
to appearing before critical, more or less intelli- 
gent, and often brilliant audiences, and the experi- 
ence of playing or singing in the large, bleak, 
gaunt room which is an entire upper floor of the 
warehouse, before a heterogeneous assemblage of men, 
discouraged, cheerless, perhaps desperate, untrained 
in the art of listening, yet eager and grateful, must 
have left something infinitely precious spiritually 
vfith the young artists, however subtle and unfelt 
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The concerts v;ere nine in nuiuber, given on the 
evenings of Ilovember eighteenth, December first and 
t^7enty-second, Je.nuary tv/elfth and tv^enty-sixth, 
February ninth and twenty-third, March sixteenth, 
and April twenty-seventh. The port£.ble Estey organ 
belonging to the Institute and used for Faure' s 
ReCjUiea given in the Philadelphia Lluseun and in the 
Academy- of Llusic two years ago and for perforraances 
of the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company v^as placed 
in the assembly room of the Shelter, together with 
a grand piano. Solo and small ensemble nuiflbers 
Yvere given by Natalie Eodanskaya, V/alter Vassar, 
Paceli Diamond, Albert Ilahxler, Virginia Kendrick, 
Charlotte Daniels, John Cosbj-, Abrasha Robofsky, 
Margaret Codd, Eugene Loev/enthaJ., Inez Gorman, 
Irene Singer, Edv.ina Eustis, Ruth Carhart, Irene 
Eeamer, Eugene Pamey, Daniel Kealy, Leonard Treash, 
Selma Amansk^f and Fiorenzo Tasso,- vocalists; 
Jeannette V-einstein, Florence Fraser and Llarjorie 
Call,- pianists (the latter a harpist according to 
major study); Paul Robinson, organist; Felix Slat- 
kin, Eva Stark, Llarian Ilead, Celia Gomberg, Eudice 
Shapiro and Abe Burg,- violinists; Virginia Majer^ski, 
violist; Rov.land Cresswell, 'cellist; Ardelle Kookins, 
flutist; and Ralph Berkov/itr., Eu-gene Helmer, Sarah 
Lewis, Vladiiair Sokoloff, Bernard Franl: and Cather- 
ine Bodler,- accompanists. 



Radio 

The regular Curtis Institute series of radio con- 
certs over the network of the Columbia Broadcasting 
System began on IJovember fifteenth vrith a program 
by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under the direction 
of Lir. Reiner. The concerts again v;ere t\7enty in 
number and were given on Tuesday afternoons from 
quarter past four to five o'clock. Eastern Standard 
Time. 

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Beethoven' n Overture to " Coriolan " £:nd his S^nnphony 
Hun;ber 4, 

The Orchestra again v:as featured in the concert 
of }]ove:nber twenty- second, v;ith Lil:^ T.iatison t.nd 
Philip Frank, violinists, as soloists. The program 
consisted of Berlioz' " Ro:aan Carnivsl ". the first 
movement of Lalo's S'^ruphony Esoas^nole . France's 
" Eros et Psyche " , and the "Danse Macabre " and " Eac- 
chan?::-le " of Saint-Saens. Mr, Reiner conducted. 

On November twenty-ninth Celia Gomberg, violin- 
ist, played the Tartini-Kreisler Fugue in A major, 
"Ksb rew I;Ielod y" by Achron-Auer, Fritz Kreisler' s 
" Gypsy Caprice " and Novacek's " Peroetuum I.Iobile ": 
i.lartha Halbwachs, pianist, Scarlatti's Tenia con 
Vari a zioni . "Aria" by Giovanni Eattista iiartini, and 
the Toccata in C ninor of Benedetto I.Iarcello; and 
Howard I.Iitchell, 'cellist, the first and second 
novements of the Sonata in G minor of Henrj^ Eccles, 
Faure's " A ores un Reve " and "Berceuse", and Saint- 
Saens' Alle^rro Agipassionato , Eugene Helmer accom- 
panied Miss Gonberg and -Jr. i'litchell. 

On Decerriber sixth Tatiana de San2.e\vitch, pianist, 
was soloist Y.'ith the Orchestra, under Mr, Reiner, 
playing the first movement of Schumann's Concerto 
in A minor. Opus 54. The rest of the program v/as 
V'eber's " Euryanthe " Overture, the Nocturne and 
Scherzo from Mendelssohji' s "A Llidsumi.ier Night' s 
Dream " and uagner's "Rienzi" Overture. 

Chamber music featured the program of December 
thirteenth. Three movements of Ernest Chausson' s 
Concert for Violin and Piano Soli T;ith String Quar- 
tet, Opus 21, rere played by George and Jack Pepper, 
Louis V;;;,Tier, and Orlando Cole, v.'ith Oskar Shumsky 
and Jennie Robinor es soloists, Leonard i/iogill, 
violist, and Yvonne Krinslzj'-, pianist, alv'^o played 
the Chaconne for Viola and Piano of Vitali, arranged 
by Dr, Bailly. 

A Christmas progrt^n \;as given on December tv/en- 
tieth, Paul Robinson, organist, opening vdth Da- 
quin's " Noel ". A choral group rehearsed by Mr. 



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Bimboni sang old Christmas folk songs and one by 
Stokowski- " V.hen Christ V.'as Born ". Besides these 
the second and fourth moverients of Bralinis' String 
Sextet in G major. Opus 56, ':^/ere played by Jack 
Pepper and Jtuaes Bloom, Virginia Majewski and Leon- 
ard Llogill, Orlando Cole and KoY.-ard Mitchell. 

The Christinas vacation intervened and t":.e next 
concert v/as given on January,'" tenth. It vas a pro- 
gram of chamber nusic — the Piano Quintet in E 
minor. Opus 5, of Sinding, played by Zadel Skolovsky, 
pianist, James Bloom and Felix Slptkin, violinists, 
Arthur Granick, violist, and Victor Gottlieb, 'cel- 
list; and Beethoven's Serenade for Flute, Violin, and 
Viola, Opus r.5, played by Ardelle Hookins, flutist, 
Marian Head, violinist, and Virginia Majewski, 
violist. 

On Januer;;,' seventeenth Irra Petina sang " The 
Dream " by Rachmanlnov and " Kooak " b;/ Ivloussorgsky, 
both in Russian; "Mx Heart is a Lute" (r/iaruin) , "Life" 
(Curran), an old French song of a shepherdess — 
" Jeuncs Fillettes " , and the Habaner a from " Carmen " 
(Bizet) ; Cecille Geschichter played the follov/ing 
piano solos: Liadov's Barcarolle ; "At the Well " 
(Liszt) , and t'ne last movement from the " Apgassion - 
ata " Sonata of Beethoven; and Charles Jaffe, violin- 
ist, plaj'-ed the Slavonic Fantasie in B minor of 
Dvorak-Kreisler, V.alther' s Prize Song from Wagner's 
" Die iieistersinger " , Ronde des Lutins (Bazzini), 
Beau Soi r (Debussy), cind " The Bee " (Schubert). 
Sigcjia Sornborger was the accompanist for I/iiss Pe- 
tina and r/Ir. Jaffe. 

The January t\.enty- fourth concert opened v.'ith a 
group by Henriette Horle, soprano — the aria "Ad- 
dio, terra nativa", from " L'Africana " (Meyerbeer), 
"Ich liebe dich" (Grieg) , "A Winter Song" (Rogers) , 
" Here Beauty Dwells " (Raclimaninov) , Chanson legere 
(d'Erlanger) and the aria " Ouvre ton coeur" from 
" Carmen " (Bizet) . Rosita EsceJ.ona, pianist, then 
played Debussy's Habanera , and tv/o v;orks of Albeniz, 
"El Puerto " and "El Alb aicin ". Victor Gottlieb, 



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'cellist, brought the concert to c close v/ith Bmch' s 
"Kol Ilidrei " and Popper's "Vito". Ralph Berkov?itz 
played accoiripaniinents for IJiss liorle and Mr. Gottlieb. 

The January/'- thirty-first concert consisted of the 
second act from " The laarriage of Figaro " (Mozart) , 
given by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Rei- 
ner conducting. RataJie Bodans'caya sang the lines 
of " Susanna " J Margaret Codd ." Cherubino "^ Abrasha 
Robofslo,' the role of "Figaro", T^alter Vassar that of 
The Count; Ruth Carhart sang "Mc rcellina "^ Eugene 
Rsjney " Basili c". Henriette Horle The Countess, ejid 
Eugene Loev/enthal both "Antonio" and " Bar to lo ". 

On February seventh Afjnos Davis, soprano, sang 
the aria "Pace, pace , mio Dio", from Verdi's " La 
Forza del Desti ne" , Brahjns ' song " Imicer leiser v.ird 
mein Schlumraer " , " The Wound ed Birch" by Gretchanin- 
ov, and " Bird of the V.ilderri ess" by IIorsiTian; follov;- 
ing which Schumann's Quartet, Opus 47, in E flat 
major, for pitmo, violin, viola and violoncello, v:as 
played by Yvonne Krinsky, Philip Frank, Leonard Mo- 
gill, and Hov/ard iViitchell. Daniel Healy next sang 
"The Rose of Tralee " (Glover) , "Molly Bawn" and " The 
Lov.-Backed Car " (Lover) , and the recitative "And God 
Created Man " and aria " In Uativ e T^'orth " froni Haydn's 
"Creation", and Lliss Davis and i.lr. Kealy concluded 
the progrEjn vith a duet from "In a Persian Garden" 
(Leluuann) . Accompaniments were played by Sarah Levds. 

The Curtis S'^^iohony Orchestra gave the conc^:rt of 
February fourteenth, the program being Suite, Opus 
18 ('.'.einer) and Sibelius' Concerto for Violin, Oous 
47, in D iTiinor, of which only the first movement, the 
allegro moderato, v/as played. Philip Frani-: v/as the 
soloist. !,Ir, Reiner conducted. 

The concert of February tv-onty-first opened v/ith 
two songs for soprano vdth flute accompaniraent — 
" The Soft . Co!a.3laining Flute " , from "The Ode. on St . 
Cecelia's Day" (Handel) and "The V.ren" (Benedict) — 
by Margaret Codd and Ardelle Ilookins. Eraliins' "Horn" 
Trio, arranged for piano, violin and violoncello, 
was next played, by Martha Halbwachs, Celia Gomberg 



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and Victor Gottlieb, iilbert Mahler, tenor, song 
the Serenade from "II Earbiere di Sivi^lia " (Rossi- 
ni) , "Love V ent A-ridin^^" (Eridge) and" the aria 
"A te, o cor a " from Bellini's opera "I Purit o-iii"j 
and -Ith Llargsret Codd, soprano, " T'a-mo . T'a'-mo " 
from Verdi's " Ricroletto ". Vladimir Sokoloff was 
the accorapanist. 

The Curtis Sjnaphony Orchestra, conducted by Llr. 
Reiner, played Liozart's " Eine kleine ilachtinu_'sik" 
Liszt's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Niiiiber 2 
in A major, with Florence Front z as soloist, and 
the third movement of Llendelssohn' s Concerto for 
Violin and Orchestra, in E minor. Opus 64, with the 
entire first violin section playing the solo violin 
part, on February,' tv/enty-eighth. 

On March seventh Irene Singer, soprano, sang 
"IM Little Shepherd's Song" by i^'intter l^atts, 
"Immer leiser wird mein Scblumner" by Brahms, to- 
gether vdth his " Eotr.Ghaf t";'""" Hacht.-ebet " by Joseoh 
I.!arx, and " Hills " by La F'orge. Three piano" solos^ 
— Chopin's Impromptu in F sharp major. Opus 56, 
Schumann's Variations on the najae " Aberrc "^ and a 
Toccata by Debussy — v;ere played by Jean-Marie 
Robinault, after which Abrasha Rcbofsky, baritone, 
sang "ausica Proibita" by Gastaldon, "At Tankerton 
Inn" by Fisher, " Go in ' Ilome " (Dvorak) and " The 
Sleigh" (Kounts) . Eugene Ilelmer played acconmni- 
ments . 

An operatic program v/as given on Llarch four- 
teenth by the Curtis S^.Tiiphony Orchestra, conducted 
by Mr. Reiner. It v;as the first part of the third 
act of "Die I/leisters in ^-^er" (y>"agner) and Leonard 
Treash sang the part of " Hans Sachs ". Eugene Ramey 
that of "Salter yon Stolzing ". Albert MahJ.er that 
of " David " , Abrasha Robof sky " ^ixtu f- Becl-nnesse r" , 
Irra Petina " Lla.^dal ene" and Agnes Davis "Eva"." 

On March twenty-first the Gavotte from Opus 6, 
for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn 
and Piano, of Thuille, was performed by Erail Opava, 
Arno r^ariotti, Leon Lester, Sune Johnson, Andrew 



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Luck, and Sarali Lewis. This v.as followed by Saint- 
Saens' Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Opus 79, 
for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano, played b^' Mr. 
Opava, Mr. Mariotti, Iv'r. Lester, and Liiss Lev/is. 
Beethoven's String Quintet in C major, Opus ?:3, 
played by Lily Matison end Marian Head, violins, 
Virginia Majei^ski and Arthur Granick, violas, and 
Victor Gottlieb, violoncello, concluded the pro^^ram. 

The Uarch tY:enty-Gighth progrfim ¥;as opened by 
Deniel Hcaly, tenor, singing " Killarney " (Balfe) , 
" Sunrise end You " (Penn) and " Trees " (Rasbach) . 
The Casimir Quartet, consisting of Charles Jaffe 
and Felix Slatkin, violins, Alvin Binkin, viola, 
and Victor Gottlieb, 'cello, then played tv.o move- 
ments from the String Quartet in C raajor, Opus 54, 
Number 2, of Haydn, the Adagio and Menuetto. Vo- 
cal solos by Paceli Dis.inond followed: the aria 
"Mon coeur s ' ouvre a^ ta voix " from " Sajason et Pa- 
llia " (Saint-Saens) , a song by I.lr. de Ivlontoliu of 
the faculty — " Grana dina", " in the Luxemburg Gar- 
dens " by Manning and " Banny Boy " by Y.eatherly. 
A group for violin concluded the concert — Bach' s 
Sici l ianO y Go d o \ ; sky • s " Viennes e" , " Sevilla " ( Alb e- 
niz-IIeifetz) and " Inaneina " by I/lilhaud — played by 
Ethel Stark, Ralph Berkov/itz v/as accorapanist. 

The concert by the Curtis S^.-mphony Orchestra on 
April fourtn T;as conducted by Louis Vyner and Boris 
Goldovsky, students of conducting under IVlr. Reiner, 
and by Mr. Hilsberg, in the absence of ..ir. Reiner. 
It was an all-Beethoven program. The " En.'nont " Over- 
ture which v/as the first number was conducted by 
Hr. Vyner. It was followed by the ballet music 
from '"Prometheus", which Mr. Goldovsky conducted, 
and the first movement of the Tri^le Concerto for 
Piano, Violin and Violoncello, in C major, C.jus 56, 
also conducted by Mr. Goldovsky and with solo parts 
played by Jeanne Behrend, Eudice Shapiro 8.nd Orlan- 
do Cole. J=lr. Kilsberg wielded the bston for the 
final number, the Fuge from the String Quartet in 
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Orchestra (/J-legro molto) • 

The final concert v/as given on April eleventh. 
Virginia Kendrick, contralto, sang the first group, 
consisting of "0,, ma lyy'-re Lniniortelle " froia " Saph o" 
(Gounod), I.lozart's " ".Varnun^ " . the H indu Slu:i.ber Son^ 
of Ware and Hageman's "ChrlGt rent up into the Hills ", 
V.'illiain Harras, pianist, then ployed Chopin's Etude 
in C minor, "Minstrels" by Debussy, and "Danse ritu- 
elle du feu " by de Falla, after which Marjorie Tyre, 
harpist, played " Sarabande " (Couoerin) , " Rigaudon " 
(Ranieau), and tv/o nuiabsrs by her in;--tractor, i.ir. 
Salzedo, " ^-Jiracj-e " and " iihirlwind " . The last group 
was given by Fiorenzo Tasso, tenor — "0.* Paradiso " 
from " L'Africgna " (Meyerbeer), "/ua apolo " (LaceJle) 
and " Serenade " (Toselli). Vladirdr Sokoloff pla^red 
the accompaniinents. 



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As in the iDast, student activities other than 
those scheduled for them by the Institute in the 
course of their instruction v.-ere many. The^- in- 
cluded appeeirances with the Philadelphia Orches- 
tra, miscellaneous operatic engagements, recitals, 
and performances over the radio. Some of these 
were paid engagements, others not. Ve cannot give 
a complete account but can only mention those ac- 
tivities that have come to our attention. 

Vocal 

Benjaiiiin de Loache, student of Voice under Ivlr. 
de Gogorza, had an active season. On the afternoon 
of I^ovember seventh he appeared at the home of I.Ir. 
Robert L. Montgomery, Villa I^ova, Pennsylvania, in 
a recital in benefit of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 
Mr. Tvilliam van den Burg, of the Philadelphia Or- 
chestra, also appeared on the prograru and accompani- 
ments were played by Sylvan Levin. 

^ ?hat may be called Ut, de Loaehe's Philadelphia 
debut as recitalist occurred on the afternoon of 
iIove::iber tv/enty-first, in the auditorium of the 
Ethical Culture Society. Eis program was singular- 
ly successful. iuT, Levin again assisted the solo- 
ist at the piano. 

On December ninth and tenth ivlr. de Loache \\as 
narrator for the performance of Foe's ooem " The 
Raven" in the orchestral setting by Arcady Dubensky, 
by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Mr. Stokowski, 
given in the Academy of I/iusic, Philadelphia. 

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Loache's services for their meeting at The V.arvdck, 
Philadelphia, on Janunry nineteenth. On the tv-enty- 
fourth he sang with the Y. ". . C. L. ChoriJis, Lancas- 
ter, Pennsylvania, under IJr, Harry Sykes, and on the 
twenty-seventh at a meetinp' of the Shakespeare Club 
at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, in Philadelphia. 
Vy'ith iJaryjane I'^Iayhew, student of harp v.lth Llr. Sal- 
zedo, Ur. de Loache appeared before the Thouas Jef- 
ferson Committee at Strawberry Ivlansion, Phil&delphia, 
on February fourteenth. 

April took Llr. de Loache south for several en- 
gageuients, the first to sing before the ianiual Con- 
clave of tjie Daughters of the ^icierican Revolution 
held in Constitution Hall, Viashington, D. C, on the 
seventeenth. For this appearance Sylvan Levin 7;as 
I«lr. de Loache' s accoiapanist. The young singer next 
had an engagement in Camden, Soutli Carolina, on the 
ti^'entieth, and on the twentj^- third he gave a most 
successful recital in the Annie Russell Theatre at 
Rollins College, "/inter Park, Florida, in connection 
ydth the "Cervantes Day Ceremonies" held by the 
College "in commemoration of the S17th anniversary 
of the death of the im:,iortal author of 'Don Quixote' 
and to venerate the gifts of Spain to civiliiiation". 
Vladimir Sokoloff, student under I.ir. Kaufman, v/as 
Llr. de Loache' s accompanist on this occasion. 

Returning north, LJr. de Loache v/as asked to sing 
at a spring concert in benefit of the Philadelphia 
Orchestra summer concerts in Robin Hood Dell at 
the studio of Lirs. Vvilliam Clarke Iviason in Chestnut 
Hill, on the afternoon of June firct. Rose Bampton, 
graduate of the Institute, vvhose s.ctivities are 
mentioned elsewhere, also v.as asked to sing at this 
time. 

On r^arch thirty-first, April first and third, Llr. 
Stokowski gave, in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 
with the Philadelphia Orchestra, six soloists, and 
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cruited from various choral organizatn.ons in and 
near Philadelphia, a presentation of V'agner's crown- 
ing vjork - " Parsifal " - v/ithout cuts. For this 
tlr, Stokov/ski chose sixteen students of voice — 
Leonard Treash, Irene Beamer, !.Iarie Buddy, Ruth 
Carhart, Agnes Davis, Paceli Diajnond, Ed?<lna Eustis, 
Ruth Gordon, Ilenriette Horle, Irra Petina, Irene 
Singer, Cecelia Thompson, Helen Y.'atlington, Daniel 
Healy, Benjamin de Loache, and Eugene Loe?.'enthal — 
and one graduate. Rose Eampton, the latter being 
assigned the importiuit role of " Kundry ". Miss 
Eampton' s uork as "Kundry" is mentioned specifically 
in another portion of our book. Leonard Traash had 
the solo role of " Titurel ". 

Sylvan Levin, who frequently in the past has 
assisted !ir, Stokowski in the preparation of per- 
formances, trained the units of the chorus consist- 
ing of Curtis students and the chorus of the Phila- 
delphia Grand Opera Company, 

Agnes Davis, student under Mr. de Gogorza, had 
eight appearances r.ith the Lester concert EnsemMe 
during the season. 

She also had the interesting er.d important en- 
gagement to sing " Brimnhilde " in the famous Immola- 
tion Scene of f.agner's " Gotterdammerung " presented 
by r.ir. Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra and 
sponsored by the American Telephone and Telegraph 
Company in experimental "auditory perspective" con- 
certs on April t^venty- seventh and thirtieth. With 
L'Ir. Smallens conducting and lir. Stokov/ski at the 
controls the music Y;as transmitted on these occa- 
sions from the Academ^^ of xMusic to Constitution Hall 
in Washington, D. C, and aga.in from the Foyer of 
the Acadany to the auditorium. 

Miss Davis also v:as soloist rith the Fortnightly 
Club in the AcadsLiy of I.iusic on May sixth. 

Daniel Healy, former student under iMr, Connell, 
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V.yncote, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of October 
nineteenth, Ke also sang, with a chorus, at Sus- 
quehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, on 
May second. 

Lester Englander, student with iMr, de Gogorza, 
sang for the "Professional Circle" at the Sylvania 
Hotel, Philadelphia, on January twenty-second, 

Virginia Plendrick and l/Valter Vsssar, students 
under I.^r, Connell, appeared in recitals at the home 
of I-r, Henry Drinker, in Merion, Pennsylvania, on 
iJovember twentieth and Februar;^' second, 

Eugene Fcaney sang before the Carlisle Civic Club, 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, v;ith Vladimir Sokoloff, 
student under Ivlr, rlaufmaa, as accompanist, Philip 
Frank, violinist, appeared in the same program, 
T.'hich was given on February second, i.lr, Ramej^ is 
a student v;ith IJr, Connell. 

Ruth Carhart, student under ilr. de Gogorza, sang 
solo parts in a church performsnce of "The i.ies siah " 
in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on February tvrelfth. 
She also appeared at Stephens College, Columbia, 
I.lissouri, on Februarj^ twenty-eighth, 

Elsa L'leiskey, student with Mr. Connell, w^:s solo- 
ist with Morris Braun and his concert trio on the 
evening of March twenty-sixth in the Crj'-stal Room of 
The Viarwick, Philadelphia, 

Fiorenso Tasso, studying with Mr. de Gogorza, 
sang with the Italo-American Philharmonic Orchestra 
at the Fleischer Auditorium in Philadelphia on Novem- 
ber second. He appeared as assisting artist in the 
Academy of Music Foyer on U&j twenty-fifth. 

The University of Pennsylvania presented, as one 
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Auditorium, a program of vocal music by the great 
German composers, under the direction of Mr. Bimboni, 
member of their faculty. The program consisted of 
Bach's " Coffee " Cantata, sung by Margaret Codd, 
Daniel Healy and Benjamin de Loache, three Scotch 
songs ( "Duncan Gray " , "Lochnagar" and " Auld Lang 
S:,Tie ") arranged by Beethoven, sung by Miss Codd, 
Llr. Ilealy and Leonard Treash, and Brahias' Quartets 
Opus 92 ( "£, schone Mchjk" , " Soatherbst " , " Abendlied" 
and "larujn"), sung by the Connell Vocal Quartet — 
Cecelia Thompson, Virginia Kendrick, Daniel Healy 
and Leonard Treash. 

Curtis students appeared in another of these con- 
certs, under Llr. Bimboni, that given in obsei-vance 
of the Brahms Centenary on the evening of Llay elev- 
enth, in Irvine Auditorium. The students were Irene 
Beamer, the Connell Vocal Quartet, Sune Johnson ejid 
Ernani /ingelucci, the two last being French horn 
players . 



Operatic 

Students' participation in performances of opera 
has been unavoidably lessened, due to the inactivity 
of the Philadelphia Gr^md Opera Company during the 
present season. However, there have been some ap- 
pearances. 

The International Grand Opera Company of Phila- 
delphia, managed by Mrs. Edith C. Corson, gave sev- 
eral performances in the Metropolitan Opera House, 
Philadelphia. Its first v/as a presentation of "Car- 
men" on December eighth. Marie Buddy sang the role 
of "Iviicaela" and Eugene Ramey that of " Remendado ". 

On January twelfth this Company gave a performance 
of "Cavalleria Rust icana" and " Pa^li accl" , ' in the 
B/ietropolitan Opera House. Fiorenzo Tasso had the 
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The University of Pennsylvania gave a series of 
operatic performances in the Irvine Auditorium un- 
der the auspices of its I/iusic Departi^ient. The Com- 
pany was called the "Puccini Educ-i-tional Grand Op- 
era Company". One of the performances v:as the 
double one of " Cavalleria Rusticana " and " Pagliacci " 
on the evening of April t^\entieth. Fiorenzo Tasso 
sang "Turiddu" again and Marie Buddy the role of 
"Nedda", During the intermission something of a 
novelty was presented in the reading of Edmond Ko- 
walewski's " Kocturne in Minor " by the author. Mr. 
Tasso participated else in this, as the singer. 



The Pianists 

Shura Cherkassky, student of Piano v.lth Mr. Hof- 
mann, has had a number of recitals during the sea- 
son, appearing in '-:uebec, I'.ulberry (Connecticut), 
Miami, Newark (New Jersey), Joplin (Llissouri), Bal- 
timore and Bronxville (Ne^7 York). 

7/illiajn Harms, also studying vdth I^r. Kofmann, 
had three appearances in Florida. On February- sev- 
enth he gave a recital st Stetson University, at 
Delcnd; on the ninth he appeared at the /jinie Rus- 
sell Theatre, Rollins College, Winter Park; and on 
the tv/elfth he was soloist r>dLth the Symphony Orches- 
tra of Winter Park. Mr. Harms also had three ap- 
pearances in Kansas City during the Christmas hol- 
idays . 

Florence Fraser, student under LIr. Saperton, 
gave a recital at the Woman's Club of Pala-Cynv.yd 
on January' tenth and another on March fifteenth. 
She also ap;^eared in the Philadelphia Art Alliance 
on the evening of April fourth in a program de- 
voted to the works of Gabriel Faure. 

Joseph Levine, student under i.lr. Hofmann, gave 

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a recital on the evening of March tv.elfth in the 
Temple of Keneseth Israel, Philadelphia. 

Nadi£. Reisenberg, also a student v.ith Mr, Ilofniann, 
played at Princeton University on February tv.enty- 
fourth. 

Irene Peckhain, studying with Mr. Saperton, ap- 
peared with the Philadelphia Iviusic Club at the 
Eellevue-otratford Motel, Philadelphia, on the af- 
ternoon of April eighteenth. 

Jorge Bolet, also studying v/ith Mr. Saperton, 
played at Stony Brook School, Long Iv'^'-lsjid, on /.pril 
tv;en ty- s ec ond • 

The Violinists 

Oskar Shumskj^, youthful student under Llr. Zimbal- 
ist, had two important engagements during the season. 
On October tv/enty-eighth, twenty-ninth and thirty- 
first he Y/as soloist vdth the Philadelphia Orchestra 
in the Academy of iuusic, Philadelphic:; , under ivir. 
StokoT.'ski, playing the Brah^iS Concerto in D, 0;)us 77. 
On December third he appeared in Kev, York v/ith the 
Philharmonic S^Tiiphony in a children' s concert con- 
ducted by Lir. Schelling. On this occasion he played 
the Mendelssohn Concerto. The concerts of October 
twenty-eighth and December third were broadcast. 

V\e give the following from the Philadelphia papers 
regarding his local appearojices: Bulletin - "Playing 
with a technique and commsjid of his instruuient far 
beyond his years, producing a full, clear, appealing 
tone and displaying real musical feeling and under- 
standing, Mr. Shumsky's proficiency is impressive 
and his present achievement a glov7ing promise of a 
brilliant future." ... Inc.uir er - "^-'---- the youthful 
violinist tackled with iinf ailing assurance and glib 
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tual violin concertos, which has been interpreted 
on the same stage by other coming and hopeful vio- 
linists such ?js Kreisler and Heifetz. ^>h:- ?<->;-?( -x-x-x-JHt- 
Fluent, flexible tone of round, full volume and 
quality and sure intonation are teclinical achieve- 
ments developed by the youthful violinist under such 
masters as the late Leopold Auer and Efren Zirabalist 
at The Curtis Institute of u-iusic." ... Ledger - "■'-*""-^ 
-^^-'^5- young Shumsky gave sji amazingly good perfor- 
mance of one of the most difficult and abstruse of 
all the great concertos for the instrument. -JHHHHhh^ 
Mr. Shumslvy played his owti cadenza to the first move- 
ment, a well constructed piece of v.ork ^^^(-xsHrk-JHHHBc-i', 

Oskar was also soloist v.lth the Baltimore and 
Ohio Glee Club at the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore, 
April t\^:enty- seventh. 

Ethel Stark, then student vdth Madaiae Luboshutz, 
was soloist Vvdth the Llontreal Orchestra, in January. 

Philip Frank, then studying with Mr. Zimbalist, 
played at the Carlisle Civic Club in Carlisle, Penn- 
sylvania, in the program with Eugene Ramey, on Feb- 
Tuary second. 

Eudice Shapiro, student under Mr. Zimbalist, 
played at the Twentieth Centur^,^ Club, in Buffalo, 
New York, on February eighth, -.vith Bernard Frank, 
student under Mr. Kaufman, as her accompanist. 

Lily Matison, former student of Violin under Mr. 
Bachniann, appeared in a concert at the Orthopaedic 
Hospital, Philadelphia, with Ralph £'erkov;itz as her 
accompanist. 

Miscellaneous 

Virginia Majewski, student of Viola under Dr. 
Bailly, played with the Kneisel Quartet in a series 



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of concerts at Saratoga Sprin^^s, i^ev; York, given 
from Fel:)ruc.r3^ sixth to tenth inclusive. 

Rowland Cressv/ell, ' cellist, appeared v-ith the 
Utica Ivl&iinerchor on April twenty-second ajid at a 
national music fraternity concert at Utica College 
on r.Iay eighth. 

The Bamv.'ell Foundation again engaged several 
students for its series of concerts given during 
the season. For the concert of November twenty- 
ninth, at the Penn Athletic Club, Orlando Cole, 
' cellist, Abrasha Robof sky and Irene Singer, voccil- 
ists, with Ralph Eerkovvltz, accompanist, appeared. 
In the one given on January eighteenth, Lily Mat- 
ison, violinist, appeared v,i.th Margaret Codd and 
Eugene Ramey, singers, v.dth Eugene Helmer as accom- 
panist. On May 9th Ethel Stark, violinist, Mar- 
jorie Call, hvarpist, and Virginia Kendrick and 
Fiorenso Tasso, vocalists, contributed to the pro- 
gram, Vladimir Sokoloff was accompanist. 

The Colony Club of /jnbler, Pennsylvsnia, which 
previously had secured some of our students in the 
Concert Course, engaged four of them for a concert 
on the evening of March sixteenth, with the inten- 
tion of presenting others in a series next season. 
The concert of Ivlarch sixteenth v/as given on a co- 
operative basis by the Club and the students, as 
will be the case with the probable future concerts. 
For the first concert under this plan the Club ob- 
tained Irene Singer and Vi'alter Vassar, vocalists, 
and Howard Mitchell, 'cellist, with Sarah Lewis as 
accompanist. 

Mar;^gane Mayhew, student of Harp with Mr. Salzedo, 
gave a recital at the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadel- 
phia on the afternoon of February tenth, which v;as 
preceded by a talk by Mr. Salzedo on "The Develop- 
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appeared in a sufc;jcription concert given by the 
Thomas Jefferson Committee at Stra\vberry TJansion, 
Philadelphia, v.-ith Benjejnin de Loache as elsewhere 
noted. 

Harp students took part in an "Opera Ball" given 
as the final stroke in the drive of the Metropolitan 
Opera Company of Nev; York to raise a guarr;jitee fund 
for next season. This hall, a gala occasion, was 
given in the MetropolitG-n Opera House, llev! York City, 
on April tv/ent^''- eighth. Many prominent musicians 
participated in a pageant based upon a reception, 
concert and ball f^iven in Paris in 1R60, by artists 
and composers of the Peris Opera in honor of the 
Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie. The 
harp ensemble, which v:as conducted by Mr. Salzedo, 
consisted of Inez Bretley, Marjorie Call, Mary Grif- 
fith, Ariel Perry and Reva Reatha. 

Yvonne Krinsky, studying vdth Hr. Kaufnan, v.-as 
engaged by Madeline IJomiier, 'cellist, for the 
latter's recital at the Nev/ Century Club, Philadel- 
phia, given under the auspices of the Alliance Fran- 
9aise on the evening of March eighth. 

Isidore Goldblum, student of oboe v.lth Ivlr. Tabu- 
teau, played Handel's Fifth Concerto vvith organ at 
Teachers' College, Y.est Chester, Pennsylvania, on 
the evening of October twenty- eighth. 

Emil Opava, Joseph Mariano, Albert Tipton and 
Harold Bennett played v;ith the New York Flute Club 
on April thirtieth. 

Sune Johjison and Ernani /;ngelucci appeared v.dth 
the Orpheus Club in April. 

Louis Vyner, student of Conducting under Mr. 
Reiner, assisted in Alexander ^'^cCurdy' s Saturday 
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the Second Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. Mr. 
Vjiier conducted an ensemble of brass and tymoani 
from the Curtis Syraphon;/ Orchestra. 

/m evening of Bach, given under the direction of 
Mr. McCurdy, v;ho is a graduate in Org.'in under Dr. 
Farnam and organist of the Second Presbyterian Church, 
also enlisted the co-operation of Llr. V^iier, and Ruth 
Gordon, vocalist, Jascha Brodsl^y, violinist, Ardelle 
Hookins, flutist, and Yvonne Krinsky, accompanist. 
Two Cantatas — "Ah, llou Fleeti ng" and"]Vhat God Does . 
That is Surely Ri>Tht " — conducted by Mr. LlcCurdy, 
and the Brandenburg Concerto, conducted by ulr. V;,Tier, 
were given by the soloists, the choir and an ensemble 
from the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. This program was 
presented on the evening of April tv/enty-fifth. 

Donald V.ilcox, student under Mr. Germani, and or- 
ganist of St. Elisabeth's Church, Philadelphia, par- 
ticipated in a program of organ music given at St. 
James's Church, Philadelphia, on Llarch tv/entj^-seventh. 

In Comp osition 

The League of Composers (NeT7 York) scheduled Cur- 
tis students in its third concert of the season, 
which v:as a presentation of original works by stu- 
dents of the Juilliard Graduate School of Music, the 
Eastman School of Music, and The Curtis Institute of 
Music, on Sunday evening, March fifth. Jeanne Eehrend 
played her " Variations " for piano, and Samuel Barber 
his Sonata for piano and violoncello, v;ith Orltuido 
Cole. Besides the latter composition, Mr. Barber had 
his setting of Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" for 
voice and string quartet performed by Rose Bampton 
and the Nev; York Art Quartet. The concert was given 
in the auditorium of the French Institute, New York. 

Three prizes for original composition have been 
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Music Prize for 1955 for his Overture (orchestral) 
to " The School for Scandal " ^ it being the second time 
he has v.on this annual prize. The second prize of 
the Joseph H. Beams fund also v/ent to a Curtis stu- 
dent, Rolcnd'j. Leich, for his " Songs to Five Poesis 
by Housman " and " Variations for Strins: Cuarte t" • Llr • 
Leich also v;on the Carl F. Lauber Liusic Award for 
1935 ^;ith his " Tt;o Songs — 'Seal Lullaby ' and ' Greet- 
ing' ", being settings of poems by Kipling &-nd Hein- 
rich Heine translated by Dr. Theodore Baker. 

Radio 

Besides the Institute radio series, students have 
cone many times before the microphone. 

The Curtis Sjonphony Orchestra broadcast a special 
concert on the evening of ilovenber eleventh in behalf 
of the Philadelphia Orchestra subscription drive. Con- 
ducted by Idr. Reiner, the Orchestra played the Brahms 
Academic Festival Overture, the Danse liacabre of 
Saint-Saeiis and the Roman Carnival Overture of Berlioz. 

Four students — Eudice Shapiro and Felix Slatkin, 
violinists, Gabriel Braverman, violist, and Victor 
Gottlieb, 'cellist, — created the Lupot String Quar- 
tet and presented a series of \see]<lj concerts of 
one-half hour duration over IMP-V.FAN. On one occa- 
sion the quartet became a quintet, r/hen Cecille Ge- 
schichter, pianist, joined the strings for the per- 
formance of the Schumann piano quintet. These are all 
students of Chajr.ber uusic under Dr. Eailly. 

Florence Fraser, student of piano under Mr. Sap- 
erton, broadcast a Sonata for violin and piano \.ith 
Dayton Henry of the Philadelphia Orchestra on the 
evening of Ilovember fourth, as part of the Orchestra's 
subscription campaign. She played with the Bamberger 
Little SjTjphony over V;OR in the regular Saturday even- 
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String Quartet I.liss Eraser also broadcast over V.'HAT 
on Sunday evening, I.Iarcli twelfth. 

Philip Frank, then violin student under T/lr. Zim- 
balist, was soloist in the NBC Artist Service pro- 
grain broadcast over IVEi'iF on the evening of October 
eleventh. On Februar^^ twenty-fifth he we.s soloist 
with the Bamberger Little S:^miphony in one of its 
regular concerts over V.OR. 

Edwina Eustis, contralto, ^jtudent of Onera under 
Mr. von W;;^^ietal, vjas engaged as soloist for two 
weeks in April hj Radio City. She took part, on 
Easter Sunday-, in the broadcasting of an sic from 
Handel's "lilessiah", by the Radio City soloists, 
chorus and orchestra, conducted by Erno Eapee. 

Natalie Bodanskaya also had a week's engagement 
by Radio City during the winter. 

Carol Deis has h-^id numerous radio engagements. 

Positions 

In addition to appearances before the public and 
performances over the radio, students have been 
active, as in the past, in obtaining positions, per- 
manent and temporary, during the school ^'•ear. 

Benjamin Sharlip was engaged to conduct the Or- 
chestra of the Osteopathic Hospital, Philadelphia. 

tviarjorle Tjre was appointed to the second harp 
chair in the Philadelphia Orchestra, vacated by the 
resignation of Flora Greenwood, former student who 
had held the position. 

The National S^yT:nphony Orchestra, of Washington, 
D. C, whose conductor is Ila^ns Kindler, engaged 
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Geschichter, ritudent of 'cello, Irven Whitenach, 
student of double bass, Jac>^ues x^ossell, ctudent of 
double bass, and, tovvard the latter half of the 
season, Attilio de Palma, student of French horn. 
i.Iany of these students requested and obtained per- 
mission to resuiiie their studies at the Institute 
ux)on the termination of their contracts, 

Robert Kartuian v«as first clarinet vrlth the Read- 
ing Syraphony under L'.r. Kindler for four concerts 
during the season. 

Eligio Rossi, double bass, Gerald "I'.oemer, trom- 
bone, and \7illiam Santucci, bassoon, plaj^ed v.'ith 
the Pennsylvcinia Symphony under Dr. Henry Hadley on 
the evening of xloveraber thirteenth, in Philadelphia. 

Scunuel KrGJuss, trurapet, and Arno Mariotti, oboe, 
v/ere engaged for three performances during the win- 
ter season of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Daniel Healy, Lily I.iatison, and Howard Mitchell 
taught voice, violin and violoncello at the Del- 
aware School of Music, established by Mr. Woods of 
the Institute staff, in V.ilmington, during the school 
vear. VJillian Harms and Florence Froser, Leonard 
Treash and Ruth Carhc.rt, liarjorie Tyre, Paul Robinson 
and Mbert Mahler have been engaged to teach piano, 
voice, harp, organ and operatic acting during 1353- 
1954. r.Ir. Ilealy, Miss Llatison and Uv, wlitchell have 
been re-engaged, also, for the coming year. 

Paul Robinson v.as temporar^^ organist during the 
months of June, July and August 195^. at Duke Univer- 
sity, Durham, North Carolina. 

Church positions have included Donald Y.'ilcox, 
organist at St. Elisabeth's Church, Philadelphia, 
and the following singers: Ruth Ca.rhart, soloist at 
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Cosby, soloist at the Gerraanto^ii Methodist Church; 
Lester Englender and Ruth Gordon, soloists at the 
Second Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia; Virginia 
Kendrick, soloist at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 
Philadelphia; Eugene Loev/enthal, soloist at Christ 
Church, Philadelphia; Irene Singer, soloist at the 
Unitarian Church of Germantov/n; Leonard Treash, 
soloist at the First Presbyterian Church, Philadel- 
phia; Walter Vassar, soloist at the First Church 
of Christ Scientist, at Upper Darby; Daniel Ilealy, 
soloist at the Baptist Temple, Philadelphia; and 
Benjamin de Loache, soloist at Bethlehem Presbyterian 
Church, Philadelphia, 

The Curtis Gtrinrr Quartet 

The Curtis String Quartet, formerly the Swastika 
Quartet, has had its nost active season thus far. 
For the first time it organized its o'atl series of 
concerts, filling numerous engagements besides, up 
ajid doi.oi the Atlantic seaboard. 

Concerts played during the surruner of lOoT are 
mentioned elsev/here. 

The Quartet's own series, which was given in 
Philadelphia, consisted of five concerts in the audi- 
torium of the Ethical Culture Society. The first 
occurred on the evening of November ninth, vith a 
progrfini consisting of rlozart's Quartet in B flat 
major, T^jriha's "La Qracion del Torero ", and Beetho- 
ven»s Quartet, Opus 53, Number T. The second took 
place on the evening of January fourth, the Quartet 
being assisted by Boris Goldovsky, pianist. The 
program was Haydn's Quartet, Opus 64, Number 5, 
knov/n as "The Lark", Charles Griffes' "Two Sketches 
on India n Themes^", and Bratiras' Quintet, Opus m7 
For the third concert, on March first, the program 
was Beethoven's Quartet in G najor, a new composi- 
tion by Ilarl McDonald, "Quartet tino on Nerro Theaes", 
and Brahms' Quartet in B flat major. Opus 67. The 



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fourth concert was given on the evening of liarch 
tiventy-ninth, with a program conoisting of Debussy's 
Quartet, Opus 10, an arrangement of the well IvnovvTi 
"Londonderry Air" by Franx Bridge, and Schumann' s 
Quintet, Opus 44. The Quartet, in the last nunber, 
v/as assisted by Joseph Levine, pianist. The fifth 
and final concert of the series was played on the 
evening of April twelfth. The program consisted of 
Kaydn's Quartet in D major. Opus 76, Number 5, the 
Adagio from Dvorak's Quartet, Opus 54, and the Schu- 
bert Quartet in G major. Opus 161. 

These concerts were given before large audiences 
•and the playing of the Quartet aroused the most 
favorable comments from the press that the boys have 
yet received. Critics repeatedly spoke of their 
fine performance as a quartet, a unit, and also of 
the often excellent work of individual members of 
the group. Tone, interpretation, technique — 
these were some of the qualities that the critics 
found deserving of mention in generous paragraphs 
that worked toward a quite noticeable climax of 
approval at the end of the series. In fact, the 
Evening Bulletin of April thirteenth carried the 
statements that "In retrospect, this youthful group 
-x-;H(-\-;--;Hf-'-;;- ;;-:.-,.- m^y look back upon a season which has 
seen them develop from an uncertain organization 
rich in talent and promise into a string ouartet 
that works together harmoniously and effectively, 
obtaining the admirable results that come in ensem- 
ble playing only with diligent work and a proper 
fusion of temperament and individual styles",, and 
"It has been apparent in its recent appearances that 
the group is now playing, not as four excellent 
instruiaentalists only, but distinctly as an ensemble 
group." 

The members of the Quartet are Jascha Brodsky, 
first violin, Benjamin Sharlip, second violin. Max 
Aronoff, violo, and Orlando Cole, violoncello. 

Besides the local series, the Quartet played 

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at the Albany Institute of Historj^ and Art, on Jan- 
uary twelfth; at the Knox School, Coopers to\<n. Hew 
York, on January; thirteenth! at Eowdoin College, 
Brunsvdck, Maine, on January seventeenth; at the 
Kenry Street Settleiaent in Ne-.v ^ork Cit3^, on Febru- 
ary nineteenth; at Rollins College, Y.inter Park, 
Florida, on March fifteenth; at Knov/les Ivlemorial 
Chapel, also in Winter Perk, on luarch seventeenth; 
at the Mountain Lake Club, Lake Yiales, Florida, on 
March nineteenth; at Princeton University on March 
thirty-first; at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley 
Richter in Nevv York City, on May third; and at the 
Playhouse in Y;ilmington, Delaware, for the opening 
of "Music Week", May seventh. The Quartet also 
played a concert at the University of Pennsylvania, 
and one at Bryn Mawr College, and appeared at the 
Jewish Hospital, at the opening of the Joseph 
Priev^tley House, and in a concert at the Philadel- 
phia Museum of Art, as elsewhere noted. 

The Brcliras Ghaa ber Music Concerts 

Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the 
birth of Johannes Brahr.is, his entire tv;enty-four 
works of chamber music were presented under the 
auspices of The Art Alliance and The Musical Fund 
Society, in a series of eight performances in the 
auditorium of the Ethical Culture Society, in Phil- 
adelphia. The Curtis String Gjuartet and individual 
students in the Department of Chaiuber Music were 
asked to participate in these important concerts. 

In the first concert, given on the evening of 
January nineteenth, Leonard I.iogill £tnu Max Aronoff, 
violists, and Orlando Cole, 'cellict, participated. 
In the second, on January?- tv/enty-fifth, Boris Gol- 
dovsky, Jascha Brodsky and Orlando Cole played the 
Trio in B msjor for piano, violin and violoncello; 
Mr. Goldovsky ijlayed the piano port of the Sonata 
in F minor for clarinet and piano; and the Curtis 
String Quartet, assisted by Mr. Stephen Deak, for- 
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Leonard Mogill, violiot, played the string Sextet 
in G inajor, Leonard Mogill again appeared in the 
third concert, on February first. In the fourth, 
given on Febniar^r fifteenth, Mr. Liogill and Llr. 
Aronoff participated. 

The fifth concert, on March seventh, was entirely 
a Curtis Institute evening since the program — 
the C minor Quartet, for strings and piano. Opus 60, 
the E flat Trio, Opus 40, for French horn, violin 
and piano, and the Qi.iintet in G major, Opus HI, for 
tv/o violins, two violas and violoncello — v,as played 
by Jascha Brodsky, L'Iaz Aronofi, Orlando Cole, Boris 
Goldovsky, Mr. Anton Horner, solo French horn of the 
Philadelphia Orchestra axid instructor at the Insti- 
tute, Benjamin Sharlip and Leonard •vlogill. 

Mr. Mogill took part in the sixth concert, on 
March tienty-second, and the Curtis String Quartet 
T.ith Boris Goldovsky provided the whole of the program, 
V7ith the exception of one artist, on April fifth. 
This seventh in the series presented the Quartet in 
E flat major. Opus 67, the Sonata for clarinet .and 
pia.no in E flat major. Opus 1£0, Nuiiiber ?, and the 
Quartet in A major, for piano and strings. Opus TS. 

Leonard liogill assisted in the final concert, 
given on April nineteenth. 

Other Activities in Charaber Music 

There were still more activities by grouos in the 
Chamber xviusic Department. 

On the evening of February third, four students 
participated, as the Elbee String Quartet and indi- 
vidually, in a concert given by the Treble Clef Club 
in the ballroom of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, 
Philadelphia. The Quartet, consisting of Lily iViati- 
son and I.iarian Head, violins, Gabriel Braverman, 
viola, and Victor Gottlieb, 'cello, pla^^ed Borodin's 
" Nocturne and Scherzo " . 

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Charles Jafie, violins, Virginia Majev/Gki, viola, 
and Howard I.litcheli, 'cello, played at Strath Haven 
Inn, Sv/arthmore, Pennsylvania, on Liarch nineteenth, 
/mother, composed of Philip Frank, Charles Jaffe, 
Leonard i.'iogill and Hoviard laitchell, played at the 
Penn Athxletic Club, Philadelphia, on the evening of 
May second. 

The Casimir Quartet — Charles Jaffe, Felix Slat- 
kin, Alvin Dinkin and Victor Gottlieb — played at 
Strath Haven Inn Sunday evening. May seventh. 



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Rose Bampton's debut v.dth the Metropolitan Opera 
Company of Nev; York occurred in the Academy of Mu- 
sic, Philadelphia, on the evening of November ?2 
195S, v/hen she appeared as " Laura " in Ponchielli's 
"La Giocond a". r;ith Rosa Ponselle singing the title 
role and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi as " Enzo ". Giuseppe 
Sturani conducted, the scheduled conductor, Mrl Sera- 
fin, being ill. The quality and range of Miss Bamp- 
ton's voice, and her dramatic v.ork v;ere oraised by 
the nev7s papers, ajid she scored a success, being 
called before the curtain at the end of the second 
act repeatedly, the other principals of the cast 
generously and considerately allov.lng her to take 
the calls alone. 

The Metropolitan Opera Con-pE.iiy repeated "La Gio- 
.conda" in the rJetropolitsn Opera House in Nev; York 
City on the evening of November twenty-eighth, occa- 
sioning i'liss Bampton's debut in that city vrith the 
Company. She again appeared as " Laura Adorno ''^ 
with Miss Ponselle again as "La Gioconda" and lir, 
Lauri-Volpi as " Enzo Grimaldo ". Uv. Tulio Serafin 
conducted this performance. The New York nev/spaper 
critics spoke most favorably of Miss Bampton' s%.'ork, 
recalling her previous appearances in Nev; York v.lth 
the Philadelphia Orchestra in Schonberg's " Gurre- 
lieder" and v/ith the Oratorio Society in Bach's B 
minor Mass. The Ne\/ York public received her cor- 
dially. 

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Itan, a minor role in "Die '. alldire". 

Her other activities have been to sing as solo- 
ist v.dth various symphony orchestras — with the 
Reading (Pennsylvania) Symphony on Februar^^ twelfth, 
the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) S^Tnphony on March 
ninth, and y.dth the Cleveland Orchestra on April 
tv.'entieth and tv.enty-second. On March thirty-first, 
April first and third, she appeared vdth the Phila- 
delphia Orchestra, in the Academy of Llusic, in Hr. 
StokoY.'ski' s presentation of "Parsifal". 

It is not too Lauch to say that Lliss Barapton made 
a far greater success in this three-day performance, 
and particularly in the second act, given April 
first, than in her I.ietropolitan Opera appearances. 
For her v.-ork in the second act Miss Eampton ?'on 
high praise indeed. The comments of the critics 
are too long to quote in full but vie cannot refrain 
from including the follov/ing: (Mr. F.dv:in H. Schloss 
in th e Philadelphia Record) "In contemplating such a 
glorious ensemble as was unveiled at last night' s 
performance it is perhaps too specific in apprecia- 
tion to be highly conscious of anj"" one figure in the 
composition of the whole, but the superb singing of 
the part of ' Kundry ' by Miss Rose Bampton could not 
escape distinction. In beautiful contrast to her 
brief appearance as the bitter and distraught Kundry 
of the first act v.hich she sang so adiairably on 
Friday, rJiss Bampton gave a thrilling interpreta- 
tion of the passion and tenderness that is in the 
moods of the music of the role in the second act. 
One felt that Parsifal should have been a lost soul 
at the first soft greeting of her enchanting voice. 
The melting tenderness of her vocal approach could 
only have been lost on a hero who according to the 
libretto was a^pparently protected by an invulnerable 
Oedipus complex." (l.Ir. Samuel L. Laciar in the 
Public Ledger) "The vocal honors of the performance, 
however, vrere carried off by Rose Bampton in the 
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different styles of vSinging to fit the stage and 
emotional demands, and Miss Bainpton vvas equally 
effective in all; in her defiance of and final 
yielding to Klingrsor and again in the temptation 
'^^ Parsifal in the garden scene. The last was es- 
pecially v/ell done, \.ith a luscious tone quality 
and allure uhich strongly approached the i.iissing 
ste.ge action and settings. Iviiss Barnpton seemed to 
change the entire cuality of her voice in the strong 
differentiation of these contrasting scenes." 

i-Iiss Bainpton appeared again -ivith the Philadelphia 
Orchestra in the thirtieth pair of concerts given 
on April tv.enty-eighth and t\7enty-ninth, commemorat- 
ing the anniversary/ of the birth of Johannes Brahms 
on May 7, 1855. She was the contralto soloist in 
"A FraKinent of Goethe's Rliaosodie — Karzreise im 
V. inter ", given vdth the Orchestra and the Mendelssohn 
Club. 

The Nev; York Oratorio Society again engaged Miss 
Bampton as soloist for its performance on IJa;^ sec- 
ond of Bach's B minor Mass, given in Carnegie Kail. 
Louise Lerch, soprano, also a former student of the 
Institute, was aJ.30 a soloist on this occasion. 

This immortal Mass was given again in Bethlehem, 
Pennsylvtmia, by the world-famous Bach Choir founded 
by the late John Frederick Wolle and directed by him 
until his death. The performance was in the nature 
of a memorial, taking place in the annual Bach Fes- 
tival in May, with, this tLme, Bruce Carey as con- 
ductor, succeeding Dr. Y'olle. Miss Bampton appeared 
as soloist, having sung the year before under Dr. 
Wo lie. 

She was engfiged to sing in the Ann i.rbor Spring 
Festival, May seventeenth to twentieth, at Ann Arbor, 
Michigan. 

(Miss Bampton is a former pupil of Mr. Connell 
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Pianists 

Jeanne Behrend gave a recital in the Foyer of 
the Acadomv of Music on the evening of L'arch tv.en- 
ty-third. Characterized by the Philadelohic In- 
quirer as "one of Philadelphia' s most brilliant 
young pianists". Miss Eehrend played t?:o preludes 
and fugues from Bach' s " V.ell Ten-oered Clavichord " , 
Book I; the D minor Chaconne arranged by Busoni^ 
Beethoven's Rondo Capriccioso . Opus 119; his So- 
nata . Opiis 111; snd a group of Erahiins works — 
Yi'altzes, Opus 59, Caoriccio . Opus 116, Ilumber 5, 
the Intermezzo . Opus IIS, Number 4, £-nd the Cap- 
riccio. Opus 76, Number 5. An enthusiastic audi- 
ence coaxed five encores. 

The EveninfT Bulletin found that "-"-x-^Bf-x-x k--x--;h(-)^x^ 
Lliss Behrend displayed a finished and mcture -.''ian- 
istic st^^le that hardly spoke of the debutante, 
and she endov/ed her performances v;ith a quality 
of glov.'ing imagination cjid deep musical feeling 
th?.t spoke of the artist of the first rank". The 
Public Ledger agreed that she "-JH^K-}HHHf;;-y-«--;'r--:--'- ->«f 
demonstrated her right to be rsulied among the best 
of the younger pianists of the country?-". 

Miss Behrend is a graduate in Pi-r-jio under I^r. 
Plofmeinn and a student of Composition v.ith Mr. 
Scalero v.ith v.hom she expects to continue her 
studies abroad, 

Pescha Kagan, former student vith L!r. Rosen- 
thaJ., pla^'-ed in Tovm Hall on I.iarch twenty- seventh, 
her New York debut, v.dnning considerable atten- 
tion from the critics. 

Miscell^ineous 

Boris Goldovsky, Max Aronoff , Orlando Cole and 
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V.ilraington School of Llutjic, T'iLTiington, Delav;are, 
have played frequently in that city during the 
season. On Dece^nber tv.elfth Llr. Goldovsky, Mr. 
Aronoff and LIr. Cole, assisted by ?:r. Lucius Cole, 
violinist, gave a concert of Erahms music at the 
Ner/ Century Hall. On Februarj^ tv.enty-first Mr. 
Aronoff gave a recital at the University of Dela- 
v;are, and on February twenty- sixth Ilr. Orlando 
Cole appeared as soloist with the Y.'ilmington Si^za- 
phony Orchestra, conducted by Harry E. Stause-" 
bach, in The Playhouse, in Tilmington. Mr. Cole 
played Kaydn' s Concerto in D major for 'cello and 
orchestra, 

lir. Cole v»as guest artist at the spring concert 
of the V:a;j'ne ivlusicel Coterie, May ninth, at the 
home of I.irs. Frederick Ristine, in r:a;/ne, Pennsyl- 
vania, and he appeared in a concert at the Elkins 
Orphanage on Sunday afternoon. May fourteenth. 

Robert Bloom was the English horn soloist in the 
Largo of Dvorak' s " From the New 7.orld " Symphony, 
in the Young People's Concert of the Philadelphia 
Orchestra on February first and in the sane number 
in the re.iuest program for March eighth. 

Carl V.einrich gave a series of Bach organ re- 
citals at St. George's Church, New York City, on 
idonday evenings November seventh, fourteenth, 
twent;7-first, and twenty-eighth. He also gave a 
program of Bach .T.usic as the seventeenth concert of 
The Friends of TJusic in the Library of Congress, on 
Saturday evening, May twentieth, in the Elizabeth 
Sprague Coolidge Auditorium of the Librar^,^ of 
Congress. 

Alexander McCurd^/, Jr., has given a number of 
organ recitcls in Philadelphia. On October twen- 
tieth he gave "The Ninth of th.e Inaugural Recital 
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In March !.!r, McCurdy gave & series of recitals in 
his ov.TL church, the Second Presbyterian, on Satur- 
day afternoons. The last in the series, on March 
tv/enty-fifth, used an ensemble of brass and t^Tipani 
fro:a the Curtis S;!,Tiiphony Orchestra uhich v/as con- 
ducted by Louis V^iier, student of Conducting under 
Mr, Reiner. On the evening of April sixth Mr. I*Ic 
Curdy conducted a performance of Dvorak' s " Stabat 
Mater " . sung by the choirs of St. James' and the 
Second Presbyterian Churches and given in the lat- 
ter, v/ith full orchestral accompaniment and organ. 
Ruth Gordon, soloist at the church, and student of 
voice, v.as a soloist. On the evening of April 
tv; en ty- fifth, Mr. iucCurdy directed a Each program, 
consisting of two cantatas and the Brandenburg Con- 
certo given by the choir of the Second Presbyterian 
Church and an orchestra from the Curtis Symphony. 
As mentioned elsev^here, Ruth Gordon, Jascha Brodsky, 
Ardelle Kookins, Yvonne Krinslry, and Louis Yjnev, 
all students, appeared in the concert. 

Besides these activities and the regular vork 

of organist cjid choir master at his church, Mr. 
McCurdy is conductor of the Trenton Choral Society, 
Y.'hich has given its usual series of concerts. 

Robert Cato, organist of Christ Church, Phila- 
delphia, participated irith Donald Y\ilcox, student 
under Llr. Germani, in a progrsm of organ niusic at 
St. JaLies' Church, Philadelphic:, on March tv/ent;.:^- 
seventh. 

Mr. V;einrich, I.ir. LlcCurdy and I.Ir. Cato vere stu- 
dents under Dr. Farnam. 

Helen Hev/itt, also a former student v.ith Dr. 
Farnam, who is continuing her studies at Columbia 
University, v/as awarded a Fellovvship for study of 
ch.urch music v/hich v;ill carry her to England in 
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B.ecord.inp:s 

Tyio graduates, both singers, have made a nunber of 
recordings v:ith the RCA-Victor Company — Rose BGinp- 
ton and Conrad Thibault. The first releaser, of each 
of them achieved "Record-of-the-Month" distinction, 
"in the Field of Great i-Iusic". V,e may quote the RCA- 
Victor Company' s forgivable enthusiasn in their fol- 
ders: (De Captaine of de hiar.ruerite — .linsbary-O'Iiara; 
Sea Fever — i.'iasef ield-Irelcud) "This record intro- 
duces a ner Victor artist - Conrud Thibault, a ris- 
ing young Arierican baritone, Y:hose voice has been 
heard on the air, in concert, and in performsnces of 
the Philadelphia Grand Opera Compeny, of ^-vhich he is 
a member. Thibault possesses a voice of rare beauty, 
and he is endo\.ed \.ith diction undeniably perfect. 
His musicianship makes his interpretations i:)artic.ular- 
ly enjoyable as you v.ill hear in his first song. The 
opening chords of Theodore Y/alstinm' s sympathetic 
accompaniment establish at once .-v feeling of pompous- 
ness, and Thibault' s inimitable French-Canadian 
patois portrays a humorously sv/aggering hero uho for- 
gets himself only 'vvhen he thinks of 'Rosalie La 
Farge' . The companion song is in '„,uieter mood and 
expresses the yearning of a sailor for the sea. Lis- 
ten to the marvelous pianissimo at the close'." 

( L' enfant ?rodi.^e — Lia' s A.ir. from Debussy' s 
Prodi.jzal Son ; Care Selve, from Handel' s Atalant a) 
"I/iiss Rose Bampton, whose superle.tively beautiful 
singing of The V.'ood Dove's Narrative in Schonberg' s 
Gurr elieder. under Leopold Stokov^'Ski, was the fea- 
ture of that performance, mahes her solo debut this 
month on a record which even surpasses in loveli- 
ness her previous uork. Lia's Air from Debussy's 
one-act opera. The Prodir;a l Son , is one of the most 
passionately sorrov;ful things in sll opera — the 
lament of a mother for her wayv/ard qnd r.bsent son. 
For drrjflatic intensity, variety and exj^ressiveness 
of vocal tone it vvould be difficult to approach this 
oerform&nce in recorded music, i.liss Bampton, who 



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has recently joined the rocter of r,tJ.rc of the 
Metropolitan Opera, chows us a decided contrast 
on the reverse side of the record v:ith a superb per- 
formance of ' Care Selve ' in which beauty of tone 
and phrasing, done in the classical laanner, niarlc her 
as an artist of extraordinary gifts and complete 
coinin&.nd of them," 

Later, Hiss Bempton and Mr. Thibault, recorded a 
Brahms cycle: Vier Ernste Gesange. Opus I'.l (f.'iiss 
Bampton); T.ie froh und irisch . Opus 55, Number 14; 
Per G'nng zum Liebchen . Opus 48, Number 1; v.ilsst 
ich doch den V. eg zuriick. Opus 65, Nuraber 3; and 
Kein Haus, keine lieimat, Opus 34, Number 5 (ivir. 
Thibault); and duets. Opus ?.8 — Die Nonne und der 
Hitter ; Vor der Tiir ; Es rausch e-t das V.'asser ; and 
Per Ja;j:er und sein Liebchen . Accompaniments for 
Serious Songs numbers ^,5 and 4, and the duets, 
are played by V.ilfred Pelletier, Serious Song number 
1 by Sylvan Levin, and the four songs of liv. Thi- 
bault by Theodore Walstrum, who is a former student. 
These recordings caused Richard Gilbert to ^".rite 
in the I'^usical Courier of March twenty-fifth: "The 
merits of L'iss Bampton's and Mr. Thibault's sing- 
ing v/arrant decided approbation. Franlily, their 
interpretations offer a great deal nore than v;as to 
be expected. -"-K--5BHH;-x--5f«-)HHf Both are gifted v.ith 
voices of exceptional timbre and unusually intelli- 
gent musicianship. Essayal of Brah:;:s, though (par- 
ticularly his most difficult vocal opus, Vier Ernst e 
Gesange) might easily have been beyond the scope of 
their experience and ability. It is pleasant to 
report that the performances do honor not only to 
the singers themselves but to /Lmericcin musical 
pedagogy as v;ell. Miss Bampton's voice has flex- 
ibility, color and freshness; her projection of the 
Four Serious Songs, aside from a certain lack of deep 
internal perce^jtion such as vould only be found in 
a vocalist of greater years, is musicis:nly through- 
out. ^x-)'r-x-;H(-4M(-;'-:Mri(- nij,^ Thiba.ult's singing is alto- 



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gether excellent. He is easily one of the best 
American baritones. His duet singing is delicately- 
balanced; these four songs, like Thibault's solos, 
are delightfully portrayed. The accompcniments are 
played by Vilfred Pelletier (Serious Songs, Nos. ?, 
5, 4 and all of the duets). Sylvan Levin (No. 1 of 
the Serious Songs) and Theodore ^^alstruiTT accompanies 
I'r. Thibault in the solos. I-Ir. Levin furnishes the 
best accompaniment; it is a pity he ;vas not chosen 
for ever^^ song." 

Radio 

Mr. Thibault hcs done considerable broadcasting. 
He was engaged for three commercial broadcasts v/hich 
brought him before the microphone four tLmes regu- 
larly each veek. Besides this, he made a number of 
electrical transcriptions for radio programs with the 
P.CA-Victor Company. He is a former pupil under Mr. 
de Gogorza. 

Four members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, all 
graduates of the Institute — Jay Savitt, Robert 
Gomberg, Alexander Gray and John Gray — formed the 
Savitt String Quartet, rnd broadcast a series of 
chamber music concerts over V.CAU on Sundays. 

Bella Braverneai broadcast fifteen minutes weekly 
on Sundays over V,IP. 

Carmela Ippolito was guest artist of the NBC 
Concert Footlights broadcast under the direction of 
Adolf Schmid, on March tv;enty- third. 

Positions 

LavTrence A.pgar, graduate r.nid former student under 
Dr. FarnejQ, Mr. Geniani ond Mr. Erees, is organist 
and carillonneur at Dulce University, Durham, North 
Caroline. Mr. ^^pgcv received this appointment in 



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the spring of 193v and began his duties in October. 

Three graduates, I.lsjc Aronoff, Orlando Cole and 
Jascha ^^rodsky, former pupils of Dr. Baillr, Mr. 
Salmond and Llr. Zimbalist, teach at the T.'iimington 
School of iViUsic, V.'iLiiington, Delaware. Boris Gol- 
dcvsky, special student, alco teaches at this school. 

Conrad Thibault has been baritone soloist during 
the season at the Moorestov.Ti Presbyterian Church, 
liloorestown, Nev. Jersey, 

Four graduates — Yvilliajn Ccjneron, harpist, Irvin 
Swenson, bassoonist, James Thunnan, French horn 
player, and Richard Tov.nsend, fluti^-t — play vdth 
the United States Navy Band, of T.'ashington, D. C, 
each in the first chcir of his section. 

Abroa d 

Fron England ca.-ne the nev;s, to77ard the end of the 
year, that Henri Temiejilca, graduate under Mr. Flesch, 
has been concertizing in London, end in Irelcnd and 
Scotland, during the Vvinter. 

I'/iildred Cable, graduate in Voice under Madcjne 
Seinbrich, has been in Germany thruout the entire 
school year, the Institute having provided her this 
experience as a sort of post-graduate professional 
training. 



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Index 

Bailly, Dr. Louis 

recital in Casimir Hall IG 

suiomer 12Z<. 5 

Bampton, Rose 

Casimir Hall concert ^q 

recordings G3 to 71 inc. 

summer 195r 3 

v.inter season 6c to S5 inc. 

Behrend, Jeanne - debut G6 

Bimboni, Alberto - activities outside 

the Institute ri 

Bok, Mrs. (President of the Institute) 

address to the school I5 

honorary degree , 4 

Brees, Anton - recitals TO 

Calendar 2_o 

Caston, Gaul - su.imer 195r 9 

Chamber lausic Department, a presentation of .... :^l 

Chasins, Abram 

performance v/ith the Philadelphia Orchestra. . 13 

recital in Casinir Hall I7 

suiraer 195r 9 10 

Christinas Party 14 15 

Connell, Horatio - recital in Casimir Hall .... 16 



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Curtis String Quartet 

concert in I/luseum ^7 

summer 195?. ,, 5 

winter season 58 to Gl inc . 

Curtis S^TLiphony Orchestra ZO, ?1; ?7, 58 j 40, 

41, 4r.; 55 

de Montoliu, Placido - Library .vork 15 

Director (see Hofmann, Llr.) 

Faculty 

Casimir Hall recitcils 15 17 

changes in ±r 

outside the Institute 17 to TT: inc. 

Farnajii, L^mnwood, composition published 15 

Fuginann, Andreas 12 

Gernani, Fernando 

concerts outside the Institute 20 

recital in Casimir Hall 16 

summer 195?. „... 7 

Graduates 

abroad 7^ 

miscellaneous 66 to 68 inc . 

pianists 66 

positions 71^ ^2 

radio 71 

recordings 69 to 71 inc. 

singers 65 to 65 inc. 

Hofmann, Llr. (Director of the Institute) 

concert tour, v;inter season 17, 18 

sumjner 195? 4 



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Kagan, Pescha - New York debut 66 

Kaufman, Harry- 
recital in Casimir Hall 17 

summer 1952 7 

Kincaid, '.'.illiam - assisting artiot, 

Casimir Hall 16 

Knoch, Ernst 7 ; 10, 11 

Lavi/rence, Lucile - recital in Casimir Kail .... 16 

Levin, Sylvan 

activities outside the Institute ri, JC2 

summer 135? 7^ 8 



Library 1;?, 1 



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Luboshutz, Lea 

concerts outside the Institute TO 

recital in Casimir Hall 16 

summer 19££ 4, 5, 6 

Museum Concerts r.7 to cO inc . 

Philadelphia Grand Opera Company 15 

Philadelphia Orchestra 

faculty appearances vdth ... 17, 18, 19, ::0, Q 

graduates » " " 64, 65 

Robin Hood Dell concerts 8 to 10 inc. 

students' appearances y.lth 45, 46, 50, 51 

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York 

faculty appearances r/ith 17 , 19 

students ' " '' 50 

President (see Bok, Mrs.) 



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Reiner, Frits 

activities outside the Institute Tl 

summer 13?^ 7 

Robin Hood Dell concerts lOcI^ 7 to 11 inc. 

Saidenberg, Theodore 19 

Salnond, Felix 

concerts outside the Institute r.O 

recitals in Casimir Hall IG 

summer 1352 - 5 

Salzedo, Carlos 

recital in Casimir Hall 16 

summer 19 Sr. 5 

Saperton, David - recital in Casimir Hall 17 

Scalcro, Rosario - performance of composition ... Tl 

Schrnitt, Florent - presentation in 

Casimir Hall TS 

Sembrich, Llarcella 12 

Social Activities Ic, 14, 15 

Students 

Casimir Hall concerts ^4 to r7 inc. 

Concert Course 5r to 75 inc. 

Curtis S^rmphony Orchestra 

public concert 50, 51 

radio (institute series) 57, T.3, 40,41,42 
radio (special) 55 

Museum concerts 7.7 to 50 inc. 

outside the Institute 4r- to ST inc. 

accompanists 55 

Barnv.ell Foundation 5Z 



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Students, continued 

outside the Institute, continued 

Brahms Chainber i-iusic concerts 60,61 

chfL-n.ber music, iniscellaneouw^ 61, 6< 

Colony Club of Aiabler 5r 

composers 54, 55 

conductors 52, 54 

Curtis String Quartet 58 to 61 inc. 

harpists Sr. , 55 

operatic 48, 49 

orchestral instruments 53 

orgsriists 54 

pianists 49, 50 

positions 55 to 53 inc. 

radio 55 , 56 

summer 4 to 11 inc . 

violinists 50, 51 

violistn 51 

violoncellists 5^ 

vocal 44 to 48 inc . 

radio concerts 

Institute series z1 to 45 inc. 

outside the Institute 55, 56 

"Shelter" concerts 56 , 57 



Suininer of 195" , The 4 

Syvastika Quartet (see Curtis String Quartet) 

Thibault, Conrad 

position 72 

radio 71 

recordings 69 to 71 inc. 

sujoiner 195r 7, 8- 

van Eraden, Harriet - recital in 

Casirair Kail 16 

Vengerova, Isabelle - recital in 

Casimir Kail 16 



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Zinbalist 

concert tour, winter season 18 , 19 

summer 195?. 7 



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